Skoda Auto has started production of battery systems for all-electric vehicles based on the modular set of electrification tools (MEB) of the Volkswagen Group in Mladá Boleslav. This makes the major carmaker’s only plant producing MEB battery systems in Europe outside of Germany. About 250 employees will soon assemble more than 250,000 MEB battery systems per year on the newly built production line. In addition to Skoda cars, they will also be installed on MEB models manufactured by Volkswagen, Audi and SEAT.
Michael Eleklaus, a member of Skoda Auto’s board of directors for production and logistics, said: “We have invested around 130 million euros and can now produce more than 250,000 MEB battery systems a year – for Skoda electronic models and other brands of the group. Our goal is clear: we want to produce electronic components or EVs in all three Czech plants by 2030. ”
Christian Blyle, head of component production at Skoda Auto, added: “We will reach the next milestone in late 2023 when we introduce the second phase of online expansion, which will allow us to produce more than 380,000 battery systems a year.”
Skoda Auto also manufactures other electronic components in Mladá Boleslav, including high-voltage traction batteries, which will be used in the autumn of 2019 in the Superb iV, Octavia iV and in plug-in hybrid cars of other brands.
As part of the Skoda 2030 strategy, the carmaker plans to produce electronic vehicles or electronic components at all three production sites by the end of this decade. The goal is to preserve existing jobs in the long run and create new ones at the same time. Until then, the company expects to increase the share of sales of fully electric cars in Europe to 50-70 percent, depending on market developments. By 2030, the range will include at least three more BEVs, all of which will be below the ENYAQ iV in price and size.
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Skoda Auto launches production of MEB battery systems at the plant in Mladá Boleslav
About 130 million euros have been invested in the new Skoda Auto production line, and the plant in Mladá Boleslav is the only European manufacturer of MEB battery systems outside Germany.