A few months ago we talked about the trend and appearance of new projects aimed at autonomous driving, connected and with alternative propulsion methods to conventional ones.
The implementation of electric/hybrid vehicles in our society is increasingly consolidated and almost all companies in the sector have ongoing projects aimed at this new trend. As we mentioned in our news, “The future of the automotive” there are some reasons that make vehicle buyers still not opt for these offers. In spite of everything, this trend is changing and prices and reliability are becoming more competitive and the demand is greater.
A good example of this change is being led by the Volkswagen Group (an important customer of ILPEA Galvarplast). Such is the change, that a project has been made public with which they intend to transform three of their plants in Germany to build electric vehicles. These are the plants of Zwickau, Hannover and Emden.
At the end of 2019 it is expected that the Zwickau factory will start the manufacture of electric vehicles, more specifically a new model, the Volkswagen I.D. Neo, which also debuts a platform. Some sources comment that there is the possibility that this new MEB platform will be shared with other brands with the aim of reducing the development costs of launching a new platform and a new generation of electric vehicles.
Currently Emden manufactures the brand’s family saloon, the Passat. For its part, the Tiguan, its most popular SUV, the brand’s pick-up, the Amarok and the entire range of Volkswagen commercial vehicles are manufactured in Hannover.
Other vehicles that Volkswagen is devising correspond to an electric van, the I.D. Buzz; a crossover, the I.D. Crozz, and a 5-meter electric sedan that is a possible alternative to the Passat, the I.D. Vizzion.
These are projects that have not been directly approved by the Volkswagen Group’s board of directors and may vary. But it does give us an idea of where mobility is going and helps us to verify that the big brands are making important changes to adapt to new market trends.
From ILPEA Galvarplast, Volkswagen‘s main suppliers, we are developing cooling systems for electric vehicle batteries to replace some of the current products (intended for combustion engines).
That is why we follow very closely the steps of the Wolfsburg brand to always be able to offer them the products they want and that best suit their technical and quality specifications.