For the future production of electric cars, VV transforms the factory of cars into the factory of the future. This does not only affect climate protection.
With an electric ID model produced in Zvickau. For the first time, the Volkswagen Group will deliver a vehicle to its customers, which will be produced on a neutral carbon base throughout the supply and production chain. In the production process, the formation of carbon dioxide damaging the climate is avoided or reduced as much as possible. This was delivered on Thursday by Thomas Ulbrich, CEO for e-mobility of the Volkswagen brand and at the same time the head of the VV of Saxony. Inevitable emissions are compensated for climate protection measures.
According to Ulbrich, CO2-avoidance measures in the construction of electric cars include energy-intensive production of battery cells. It was agreed with cell suppliers to use green electricity from renewable energy sources. Although cell batteries come from Hungary and Poland, manufacturers would have access to green electricity, he became convinced of the VV board. "With this big lever, the ecological balance of the e-car can be further improved," said Ulbrich.
At the Zvickau factory, the external power supply has already been converted in 2017 to 100 percent of the green current. Electricity supplies hydropower plants in Austria. "We want to make a significant contribution to protect the climate of our electric cars." It is crucial that electric cars are maintained and used in a sustainable way, "said the head of the VV of Saxony.
With the launch of the ID.-Model, the new era begins not only in terms of production climate protection. Production should become more efficient, smarter and more flexible. In Zvickau, six different models will be reduced to the production line. Three brands of Volkswagen, two Audi models and a seat. "After the restoration of our production, we will improve productivity by 20 percent," announced Ulbrich.
To this end, the vehicle factory will be converted into a digital leading factory. Vision is a "factory of the future" – an intelligent, sustainable and fully networked factory. Digitization affects all production sectors in varying degrees. Although the bodywork has already reached a 95 percent automation degree, and the lacquer store is also highly automated, the degree of automation in assembly will almost triple in the course of converting to e-mobility. For example, Volkswagen expands the use of human-robotic co-operation in Zvickau and relies on state-of-the-art, networked industrial robots. When the factory is completely restored, a total of 1700 robots are used. For example, in the future, the cockpit of an e-car will be installed completely automatically and as a complete module with the help of an industrial robot. Despite the increase in productivity through automation, it is expected that the number of jobs currently in the factory will remain constant at 7,700. The guarantee for employment was agreed with the employees by 2025.