German state premier demands new EV for Wolfsburg plant – Automotive News Europe

FRANKFURT — Volkswagen Group must allocate production of a new full-electric car to the automaker’s home plant in Wolfsburg, Germany, said Stephan Weil, premier of Lower Saxony.

Weil’s demand came after VW failed to give Wolfsburg a battery-powered model in the automaker’s latest five-year investment program.

Weil called on VW Group CEO Herbert Diess to propose a plan to build full-electric models in Wolfsburg that could be considered by the automaker’s supervisory board next year.

“There must be secure prospects for the employees in Wolfsburg,” said Weil, who is a VW supervisory board representing Lower Saxony, which holds a 20 percent voting stake in VW.

VW Group is investing heavily in its German plants at Zwickau and Emden to build full-electric vehicles but its home plant in Wolfsburg continues to be VW brand’s last major car-producing plant that has not been allocated a new-generation electric car for production.

“Volkswagen is being restructured with a determined focus on electric mobility and everyone knows that must also involve the largest site,” Weil told reporters on Friday.

In VW’s latest investment decisions, Wolfsburg lost out to Hanover, also in Lower Saxony, in the competition for the most funding over the next five years.

A total of over 3 billion euros ($3.55 billion) were earmarked for investments in Wolfsburg, including production, administration and technical development. By comparison, nearly 4.5 billion euros is destined for Hanover, VW’s second-oldest German factory after Wolfsburg.

VW will build a flagship electric car for its Audi, Porsche and Bentley brands in Hanover, along with the ID Buzz, a modern, full-electric version of VW’s Microbus that became a 1960s icon.

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