Škoda begins production of the Volkswagen Group’s MEB electrical platform at its historic factory in Mladá Boleslav, Czech Republic.
The Volkswagen Group has invested approx. 130 million euros in the Czech Republic, in a new production line of SEM platform for its 100% electric models. This is the historic factory in Škoda located in Mlada Boleslav near Prague, which is to stand forgather more than 250,000 SEM platforms each yearthanks to the work of some 250 employees.
“Today is a very special day for Škoda: by starting the installation of the MEB platform, we are now manufacturing a key component in our electric cars. We have reached a new milestone in our transition to electromobility ”Michael Oeljeklaus, Head of Production and Logistics at Škoda, stated on this occasion: “Our goal is clear: we will produce key components for our electric cars at all three Czech factories by 2030.”
– ŠKODA AUTO NEWS (@skodaautonews) May 17, 2022
MEB platform: the first production facility outside Germany
Outside Germany, Škoda’s Mladá Boleslav plant is the first production site in Europe to bring together the Volkswagen Group’s MEB platforms. The Czech manufacturer’s headquarters are now taking a new strategic step by transforming a car manufacturing site into an electromobility hub.
“Our new battery assembly line for the MEB platform sets new standards in efficiency, automation, precision, cleanliness and digitization”added Christian Bleiel, Head of Component Production at Škoda: “We are taking the next step at the end of 2023 when we launch the second phase of the expansion, which will allow us to produce more than 380,000 electrical platforms a year in total.”
– ŠKODA NEWS (@SkodaNEWS) May 17, 2022
Škoda: three versions of the MEB platform
The platforms and batteries produced in Mladá Boleslav will thus be used in the German group’s models based on the MEB platform, both at Škoda, Volkswagen, Audi and SEAT. Three varieties produced: a small version with 8 modules (capacity of 55 kWh), a medium version with 9 modules (62 kWh), as well as a larger 12-module battery (82 kWh).
In addition to the 24-cell modules, the MEB platform’s batteries have an integrated cooling system, a modular control system and the electrical connections required for their operation. In Mladá Boleslav, Škoda also manufactures high voltage traction batterieswhich are used in the group’s plug-in hybrid cars, such as the Superb iV and Octavia iV PHEV.
Škoda: 3 other 100% electric models on the program
This new production line is a step in the transformation of Škoda as part of its “Next Level” strategy for 2030: by the end of the decade, the Mladá Boleslav company plans to produce electric vehicles or components for electronics at its three production sites located in the Czech Republic, while preserving existing jobs and creating new ones.
Škoda continues to electrify its range and will launch no less than 2030 in 2030 3 new 100% electric models, which will be smaller and cheaper than its Enyaq iV electric SUV. Thanks to these, Škoda hopes to achieve a share of sales of 100% electric cars of 50 to 70% in Europe.