Volkswagen Group China aims to produce more than half (11.6 million) of the group’s global objective of 22 million battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) by 2028. Initiatives with all three Chinese vehicle production joint ventures – FAW-Volkswagen, SAIC VOLKSWAGEN and JAC Volkswagen – will enable this target to be reached.
To speed up its e-offensive, Volkswagen Group China will also launch a new joint venture in charging infrastructure.
Meanwhile, in the area of future technologies, Volkswagen Group China is combining its research power, with Volkswagen brand, Audi and Group R&D working together within the new ONE R&D structure.
We are fulfilling our promises, not only to comply with the new regulations in China, but also to reduce the auto industry’s impact on our society through clean mobility and better production processes. For this plan, China is of great importance.—Dr. Herbert Diess, Chairman of the Board of Management, Volkswagen AG
Volkswagen Group China is going full-scale electric in 2019. We will be offering 14 NEV models in China this year—providing customers with unprecedented choice. With the first two models based on the MEB platform launching next year and our investment in digitalization, we and our partners have laid the foundation to redefine what mobility means in China, and transform it.—Dr. Stephan Wöllenstein, CEO of Volkswagen Group China
With construction progressing on MEB platforms at SAIC VOLKSWAGEN in Anting and FAW-Volkswagen in Foshan, Volkswagen will have the technical capacity to produce an additional 600,000 pure electric vehicles a year in China when the two plants become operational next year.
In addition, the JAC Volkswagen joint venture is jointly working on its own e-car platform together with SEAT for the production of smaller NEVs.
The Group is backing this up with strong efforts to lower the ecological footprint of its 33 production plants in China. Last year alone, CO2 emissions from its China production activities were cut by 13%, saving 390,000 tons of CO2.
A further e-mobility focus is on provision of the necessary infrastructure, with a new charging joint venture to be set up that will result in greater freedom and recharging convenience for the rapidly growing number Chinese NEV owners during their travels. The partnership with Star Charge, FAW and JAC will offer private charging wall boxes from the end of this year and a wide network of public charging. The experience will be made even easier through in-vehicle connectivity provided through the Group’s Mobility Asia services, which will allow drivers to find the most convenient charging station.
Together with our partners, we have advanced the Chinese automotive industry. Now, it’s time to bring the Chinese mobility to the next level. Individual mobility is progressing. People’s mindset and governmental policies are more encouraging towards e-cars than in any other country.
With our Group’s e-mobility initiative, we are going to kick-off the most far-reaching electric offensive our industry has ever seen. Globally, we will be launching almost 70 new electric models by 2028. For the same period, we plan to deliver 22 million battery electric vehicles worldwide. More than half of these vehicles will come from China. Our plan is to present the biggest e-car portfolio in the market, covering all relevant vehicle segments.—Dr. Diess