Volkswagen is placing high expectations on its new electric van, the Volkswagen ID. Buzz, a model that has already started production at the flagship plant of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, based in Hanover, Germany. The German manufacturer itself has released a statement in which it specifies the production objective of this vehicle for the remainder of the year 2022 and the next 2023.
Volkswagen produces a total of 810 vehicles a day in this German factory, among which are the recently started ID. Buzz and ID. Buzz Cargo, as well as the new generation of the Volkswagen Multivan. This daily production figure is expected to increase to 900 units per day throughout this same year 2022. This increase in production is part of the plan to be able to manufacture around 15,000 units of the ID. Buzz in the rest of the year. Once the year 2023 begins, this estimate will rise significantly and from Volkswagen expect to assemble more than 130,000 ID electric vans. buzz next year. This estimate has been confirmed by Josef Baumert himself, a member of the Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles production and logistics board of directors.
These production estimates come very close -logically- to the sales plans that the German firm is considering. Last March Ralf Brandstätter, director of Volkswagen Passenger Cars, stated that its sales figures aspired to be above 120,000 units per year all over the world. However, the director did not specify if this estimate of registrations would be by the ID. “Normal” Buzz, from the ID. Buzz Cargo or a combination of both vehicles.
Once the German plant in Hanover has given the green light to manufacture the ID. Buzz, has positioned itself as the fourth factory that assembles electric vehicles for the company, thus joining the Dresden, Emden and Zwickau factories. About 4,000 employees have already been trained to produce both the ID. Buzz as the plug-in hybrid Multivan. However, the German brand also adds that for the ID. Buzz has added 15% more automation in the different steps than in the rest of the models with which it shares a factory, thus reaching 92% of the total process without the need for human supervision.
Volkswagen has also revealed in its recent statement where other components of the ID model are produced. Buzz, like the front and rear axles, which come from Volkswagen Group Components’ nearby Barsinghausen plant. The battery system comes from Braunschweig, although from 2024 it will also do the same from Barsinghausen. Finally, other elements such as the electrical drives, as well as the rotor, come from Kasel and Salzgitter, respectively.
The German company promised last year that it would invest more than 2,300 million euros in adapting its different plants to electrification in 2026 and, for now, exclusively for Germany, a region that takes more than 50% of all the investments made for the brand. Let’s remember that the first units of the ID. Buzz will reach their customers throughout the coming fall.