Anyone who misses the Kombi can get excited: Volkswagen placed a giant order for robots for the production line of the new electric van ID.BUZZ (which, let’s face it, looks like a futuristic Kombi) and the electric SUV ID.4 (presented in September ).
The company will use the 2,200 industrial robots in three different factories, within its plans to increase the production of electric vehicles and, in the future, eliminate combustion models from its portfolio.
The automaker’s factory in Zwickau was one of the first to receive industrial robots for the production of electric cars.Source: Volkswagen / Disclosure
“The Volkswagen Passenger Cars and Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles brands are working hard on transforming and converting factories to e-mobility, ordering more than 1,400 robots from the Japanese manufacturer FANUC for their production facilities in Chattanooga (USA) and Emden (Germany) ), ”The company said in a statement.
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According to the German automaker, “800 robots were also ordered for the plant in Hanover. The robots are to be used mainly for the production of bodies and assembly of batteries. The three factories are being prepared for the production of electric cars in highly advanced facilities starting in 2022 ”.
The ID. BUZZ is Volkswagen’s largest electric vehicle using the MEB platform. The vehicle will be marketed in two versions. The most sophisticated will have a four-wheel drive system; total horsepower of 369 horses; robust 111 kWh battery; 435 km range; and maximum speed of 160 km / h. The more modest version will have rear-wheel drive only, with an 83 kWh battery producing the equivalent of 268 horsepower. The range will be 320 km with a full charge.
With five different configurations of its interior, the ID. BUZZ is the bet of the German automaker to replace the popular Kombi, which was discontinued in 2013 in Brazil and much earlier in the rest of the world. The renewal of Volkswagen’s portfolio by fully electric vehicles foresees the production of three million EVs per year and the launch of an additional 30 models by 2025.