Volkswagen's Volkswagen subsidiary SAIC Volkswagen in Anting, near Shanghai, is building a factory that will start producing cars based on the MEB electric platform in 2020.
The new factory, which will be fully developed according to Industry 4.0, will boast a high level of automation and efficiency. More than 1,400 robots will work in it, which will be in line with Industry 4.0 standards, while several other modern technologies will be used in the areas of artificial intelligence, augmented reality and virtual reality, and 27 environment friendly technologies will be provided, which will focus on maintaining clean water, saving energy and reducing carbon dioxide emissions.
The plant is expected to be operational in 2020, with about 300,000 cars coming from each year, mainly for the Chinese market, as well as various battery systems. Cars will be based on the modular platform for electric cars MEB, among which the first will be an electric SUV.
“Through Volkswagen’s MEB platform, we will be able to easily produce state-of-the-art electric vehicles for our Chinese customers on a high scale. The Volkswagen Group, its brands and their Chinese joint venture partners focus consistently on sustainable mobility and push the transformation of the automotive industry in China and worldwide. In this way, we emphasize the importance of the Chinese market for the Volkswagen Group,” said Herbert Diess, Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen Group.