Volkswagen to begin EV production in China
Its factory in Anting, west of Shanghai, will now be expanded ready to accommodate the new technology, with production of an electric version of the Lavida – its biggest-seller – due to begin in 2017.
With diesel take-up at only 1% in China, plug-ins form a large part of Volkswagen Group’s plans to meet the Chinese government’s 95g/km average CO2 cap by 2020. A range of 20 electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles will launch ‘in the near future’, the manufacturer said last month.
Anting, also confirmed for a C-segment hatch from 2016, will be upgraded for electric vehicle production and Volkswagen said it will expand its research and development expertise in China, including fuel cell and plug-in hybrid technology.
Volkswagen Group has plans to invest €22bn (£16bn) in its Chinese joint ventures by 2019. This latest announcement comes as part of this investment.