Volkswagen’s New Wolfsburg Factory has been Given The Go-Ahead

Volkswagen claims that building a plant for its EV flagship, Trinity, is less expensive than retrofitting an existing plant.

From 2026, Volkswagen will invest €2 billion (roughly Rs 1,680 crore) in a new factory in Germany to produce its new Trinity flagship EV. The company announced last year that it was planning a new facility in Wolfsburg, and the board of management has now given it the green light.

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  • Plant to manufacture Trinity flagship EV from 2026
  • VW aiming at a 10-hour build time for each car
  • Carmaker aims to match Tesla’s Gigafactory production capacity

It will be close to Volkswagen’s current Wolfsburg factory and will be “a key component of the largest modernization programme in the history of Volkswagen’s main location,” according to Volkswagen.

In spring 2023, construction will begin in the Wamenau area of the city, with the goal of matching the manufacturing efficiency of Tesla’s new Gigafactory, which is currently under construction in Gruenheide, near Berlin.

Volkswagen is aiming for a 10-hour build time for each Trinity and will implement a new production philosophy at the Wamenau plant, including “fewer variants, fewer components, more automation, leaner production lines, and new logistic concepts.”

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Comparable to The Gigafactory

Rather than disrupting the production of other vehicles by building the Trinity in an existing plant, the Trinity will be built on a new site, allowing for more easily implemented new production processes. Volkswagen previously stated that building a new factory would be less expensive than retrofitting its existing Wolfsburg facility.

Comparable to The Gigafactory
Comparable to The Gigafactory

The planned site is expected to produce up to 2,50,000 cars per year, in addition to Volkswagen’s current Wolfsburg plant’s annual capacity of 5,00,000 units.

Tesla has announced that its new Gigafactory in Germany will be capable of producing up to 5,00,000 cars per year.

Volkswagen calls the Trinity “a highly efficient flat-seat concept with an iconic design.” It’ll be one of the first Volkswagen models to be built on the company’s new SSP (Scalable Systems Platform), which claims to have even more modularity than the company’s current MEB structure while also serving as the foundation for Level 4 autonomous driving technology – and is expected to power over 40 million vehicles over its lifetime.

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Volkswagen’s Electric Vehicle Plans for India

Volkswagen's Electric Vehicle Plans for India
Volkswagen’s Electric Vehicle Plans for India

The German automaker is currently concentrating on its India 2.0 products, which include the Taigun and the soon-to-be-released Virtus sedan. The ID.4 is also being considered for a market launch in the near future, according to the company.

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