Škoda starts manufacturing batteries for electric cars based on the MEB platform

Within the Volkswagen Group there is an internal struggle to monopolize the production of batteries. The Germans are investing billions of euros in manufacturing their own batteries, and that is why the brands fight each other to win that financing that guarantees jobs for many years. Skoda celebrate in style Start of production of batteries for models based on the MEB platform of the Volkswagen Groupbecoming Volkswagen’s main battery plant outside of Germany.

The Mladá Boleslav plant is the jewel in Škoda’s crown. It is not only its headquarters, it is also one of the most important Volkswagen production centers worldwide. The Czech headquarters has gained prominence in recent years with the transition of the Volkswagen Group to the electric market. Within its walls, such popular products as the Fabia, the Scala, the Octavia, the Kamiq, the Karoq and also the Škoda Enyaq iV are manufactured. A wide variety of models supported on different variations of the MQB and MEB platform.

This ability to adapt and versatility has made the Czech plant a reference center. For the first time, a center outside German territory is responsible for producing batteries to power the conglomerate’s electric cars. About 250 workers will be responsible for assembling more than 250,000 MEB batteries per year on a recently built specific line with an approximate investment of 130 million euros. These batteries will be used by various models of Škoda, Volkswagen, Audi and SEAT/CUPRA.

Škoda battery factory in Mladá Boleslav.

Škoda hopes that this will not be the only Volkswagen Group battery production site in the Czech Republic. The brand negotiates with the upper echelons to bring a new production plant to the country. More than a year ago, the German conglomerate announced its intention to open six large battery production centers before the end of 2030.. With three locations already assigned: Skelleftea, in Sweden, Salzgitter in Germany and Sagunto, in Spain, the Czechs want to receive the fourth factory, although at the moment nothing has been confirmed.

It is clear that Škoda has earned the right to host this factory and, in fact, the board of directors has already acknowledged that it is thinking of Eastern Europe to open the next factory. Until that moment arrives, Mladá Boleslav will continue to produce the batteries that feed the most commercial electric range of all. By 2030, between 50 and 70% of Volkswagen Group sales are expected to be 100% electric, although this will largely depend on market developments and customer acceptance.

During the opening ceremony, Michael Oeljeklaus, Škoda board memberhas commented: “I would like to thank the entire team that has worked very hard over the last few months to get this new production line up and running. We have invested around 130 million euros and are now able to produce more than 250,000 MEB battery systems per year, for Škoda electric models and those of other Group brands. Our goal is clear: we want to produce electric components or electric vehicles at all three Czech plants by 2030.”

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