Volkswagen’s 17 billion yuan super factory completed and put into production
A few days ago, another electric car super factory was completed and put into production in Shanghai. This new vehicle base of SAIC Volkswagen is the world’s first newly built MEB (Pure Electric Vehicle Modular) platform factory with an investment of 17 billion yuan by the Volkswagen Group.
The investment in the new plant is 1 billion yuan more than the first phase of Tesla’s Shanghai plant. Behind it, the Volkswagen Group invested about 7 billion U.S. dollars in the research and development of the MEB pure electric vehicle modular production platform. Volkswagen also announced that in the next five years from 2020, it will invest 50 billion U.S. dollars to promote the entire group’s electric transformation.
This year, Tesla has surpassed Toyota to become the world’s most valuable car company. Upstarts are hot. Although the traditional giant’s turn may seem slow, its power is still enough to shake the entire industry.
MEB is the abbreviation of German “modular electric tool”, which refers to the large-scale production of multiple pure electric vehicles using the same parts and components on a platform. To explain with a simple analogy that is not very appropriate, it is like Lego bricks. With a piece of standardized parts, a variety of shapes can be built to meet the needs of different markets.
Before 2015, Volkswagen was advancing on the road of modular innovation of “Lego-style fuel trucks”; after the watershed, Volkswagen, driven by Diss and others, forcibly replaced the track, cut off projects with no future, and mobilized all resources to bet The technological revolution of automobile electrification and intelligence. In 2018, the MEB platform of “Lego-style electric vehicles” was born and became the core competitiveness of the Big Mac in the face of “cross-border waves”.
The initial combination of the Volkswagen MEB platform development team can see the company’s transformation thinking: an “old Volkswagen” executive responsible for production and logistics, paired with a Tesla from Tesla who was responsible for the development of Model S and Model X models Head of the new generation. Through the MEB platform, Volkswagen wants to blaze a new path, which is different from Tesla’s view of cars as digital products, and it is no longer just a “makeover” on the production line of fuel vehicles. Its ambition is to build a platform that completely solves the capacity bottleneck that has caused Teslas for a long time, and changes the inherent deficiencies of electric vehicles in the traditional framework in terms of range, space, and software definition.
In the process of “turning the giant”, the fate of Volkswagen and the city of Shanghai are once again closely linked. Compared with the other two MEB factories that were converted from fuel vehicle factories, Shanghai has freed up land space to support the establishment of new factories and helped SAIC Volkswagen build the most technologically advanced MEB factory of Volkswagen-more than 1,400 robots joined. The entire factory is connected to the industrial wireless network, which can realize “black light” automatic production.
The 23000001 car that was rolled off the assembly line of SAIC Volkswagen today is the ID.4 X pure electric car from the MEB factory. This mass-produced electric car with a cruising range of 550 kilometers is the leading brand ID of Volkswagen Group after its electrification transformation. A member of the family. In this super factory, with the help of “modular” technology, in the future, new generation pure electric vehicle products of Volkswagen brands such as Audi and Skoda will be mass-produced.
While the super factory was completed in Shanghai, there was good news here. Under the impact of the epidemic, the automobile manufacturing industry, which is the most difficult economy in the city, has seen its year-on-year growth rate in the first three quarters turn from negative to positive.
The Shanghai automobile industry, which is gradually getting out of the predicament, is also being reborn: Tesla’s annual production capacity of 250,000 vehicles in the first phase, coupled with the annual production capacity of SAIC Volkswagen’s MEB plant of 300,000 vehicles, and the production capacity scale of 550,000 vehicles are almost another The “Auto City”, coupled with SAIC’s own brand new energy vehicles aimed at high-end, and a number of leading new car manufacturers headquartered in Shanghai, is becoming the world’s largest new energy vehicle industry center with the richest types of enterprises .