VW may convert two more factories to EV production, paper says

Volkswagen is betting heavier on electric cars than many other automaker, racing ahead with plans to field a full lineup of EVs in the coming years as a part of its ID sub-brand. This includes entries in just about every segment, including an MPV styled after the classic Volkswagen Bus. The greater Volkswagen empire is also making a sharp turn toward electric cars, as Porsche and Audi approach the start of sales for the Taycan sedan and the e-tron SUV, respectively.

The German paper Handelsblatt now reports that Volkswagen is mulling converting an additional two plants in Germany to EV production: a Passat-producing factory in Emden is one plant that could be repurposed for the ID sub-brand, while a Crafter commercial van factory in Hanover could be tapped to produce electric commercial vans, which were recently previewed by Volkswagen in concept form.

Volkswagen has nothing short of a tsunami of electric models working their way through the development pipeline with the first ID-badged EV hatchback due in a little over a year. The ID hatch will be produced at Volkswagen's plant in Zwickau which will host a portion of the models that will use the electric MEB platform. The Passat plant in Emden is believed to be a prime candidate for more MEB models since the Passat itself, and sedans in general, aren't particularly hot at the moment, while the Hanover factory already produces the e-Crafter minivan.

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