Volkswagen e-Golf production capacity will double

New Volkswagen e-Golf commercial

Recently, Volkswagen announced that the automaker will increase e-Golf’s daily production from 35 to 70 cars.

 

“To meet higher demand for the e-Golf, production capacity at the Transparent Factory is to be increased. From March 2018, production is to increase step-by-step from 35 to 70 vehicles per day. The plant will switch from single-shift operation to 2-shift operation in the course of this change.”

 

This equals to a monthly production increase from roughly 1.050 cars to 2.100, which still seems very unambitious when compared to production targets of the Tesla Model 3, Nissan Leaf or even Hyundai IONIQ Electric.

Anyway, the Volkswagen e-Golf’s production increase is scheduled to start from March 2018 because that’s when the new Samsung SDI battery cell plant in Europe (Hungary) will start operating.

The new Samsung SDI factory will not only produce the 120 Ah BEV2 battery cells to be used in the BMW i3, but also the PHEV2 type to be used in Volkswagen plug-in cars. However, it’s still unknown if the cells will keep the current capacity of 37 Ah or finally be upgraded to 50 Ah, which would result in a 48,4 kWh battery for the VW e-Golf.

 

Advances in battery technology will improve range, weight and costs by Volkswagen

 

As a side note, Samsung SDI already unveiled its plans to produce 60 Ah PHEV2 battery cells, which would make possible a 58 kWh battery for the e-Golf…

 

Anyway, Samsung SDI have showed their 50 Ah PHEV2 battery cells in April last year and said the following:

“Samsung SDI exhibited various types of cells and modules including 37Ah, 50Ah, 94Ah, 120Ah, and more. 50Ah cell has improved capacity by 35% compared to 37Ah cell, and 120Ah by 28% compared to 94Ah. In particular, 37Ah and 50Ah cells, and 94Ah and 120Ah cells are applied the same standard type modules, respectively. Standardizing module type makes it easy to standardizing car design, so it’s an advantageous feature.”

 

Considering that the Volkswagen e-Golf will only be replaced by the ID Hatchback in late 2019, it definitely needs an upgrade to keep up with the Nissan Leaf e-Plus (longer range version) and the Tesla Model 3. A 48 kWh battery, a more powerful 152 kW electric motor and a price adjustment could help the e-Golf to survive the upcoming arrival of the two big boys…

 

Volkswagen I.D. concept electric car at Paris

 

What do you think?

 

 

More info:

https://www.volkswagen-media-services.com/en/detailpage/-/detail/Volkswagen-extends-successful-environmental-and-future-incentives-in-Germany/view/6040199/

Pedro Lima

I grew up on a tough neighborhood and am not a privileged guy, my true nature is violent, even if I try to hide it because I'm not proud of it. I try to overcome my violent nature by learning more about geeky things like batteries, but I'm far from being an expert and don't pretend to be one. I also graduated in Sociology, to learn more about others and pacify myself.

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  1. Acording to Green Car Reports VW builds the eGolf at two factories…

    “VW said it would invest 20 million euros (about $21 million) in the Transparent Factory to prepare it for e-Golf production, which is set to begin in April 2017.
    The company will also continue building the e-Golf alongside other Golf models at its main assembly plant in Wolfsburg, Germany”

    https://www.greencarreports.com/news/1107410_vw-dresden-glass-house-factory-to-build-e-golf-electric-car

    Acording to wiki the transparent factory is more of a show piece that accomondates 250 toursits a day and only employes 500 or so people whereas their Wolfsburgh plant emploeys about 60,000…
    So it is nice that they are doubling their production there and most likely employee count the real question is what are they doing in Wolfsburgh??

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transparent_Factory
    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Volkswagen_Group_factories

    1. Thanks for the notice Yogurt.

      The production capacity of the new e-Golf in Wolfsburg was never advertised. It’s possible that the plan was all along to step-by-step move all the electric car production to Dresden, since it’s closer to the border and to the Samsung SDI battery cell plant in Hungary.

  2. I also think a 48 kWh eGolf would sell very well at the current price…

  3. The current Golf was facelifted last year, so the Golf mk8 shouldn’t arrive until, say, 2019-2020. By those years the ID will be ready, hopefully. VW says once the compact ID is out, there is no point in keeping an all-electric version of the Golf, as both cars are a similar size. So I think that, if VW sticks to their own timeline, we won’t see a new eGolf based on a new platform. The good news is that SDI cells are standard, so the current eGolf must be easy to update with a 48kWh battery.

    1. That’s right. Volkswagen already confirmed that the eighth-generation Golf won’t get an electric variant since it will be replaced by the ID Hatchback (with the MEB platform).

      However, this doesn’t mean that the 48 kWh battery won’t come to the current seventh-generation using the upcoming 50 Ah PHEV cells from Samsung SDI (264 x 50 Ah x 3,667 V = 48,4 kWh). This upgrade would keep the e-Golf relevant during 2018 and 2019.

  4. Hello pedro,
    I wished an upgrade would come, but my sources say no. In 2019 the gte gets an range plus from 50%, but that is all.

    VW is selling the egolf so well, that there is no need to make it better. Here in germany it starts with 22000€, when you destroy an old diesel. 8 month waiting time.

    I would like to see an option to choose between small and big battery like the zoe does

    1. Hi, thanks for sharing that information.

      That’s a shame, but understandable.

      It seems that Volkswagen only wants to sell the e-Golf in Norway and Germany. In other European countries the price is around 40.000 €.

      At least Volkswagen should upgrade the battery cells of the e-up, since it still uses the 25 Ah cells from Sanyo.

      1. I think that VW has no intention to upgrade e-UP! battery as well, because there is simply no competition in this segment at this time. Also this small car family category is on the black list due to the fleet emisions issue and of course VW Group today does not manage to produce high profitable SUVs so they have no intention to deal with this low profit category.

      2. There is at least some competition: Renault Zoe (40 kWh battery), Smart forfour electric drive (equally small battery, but cheaper) – both score much better in the list by BAFA with the German Umweltbonus applications. The problem seems to be: with 37 Ah cells e-Up would change to 28 kWh. Which would be too close to e-Golf. So, I guess, there will need to be some castling: e-Golf to 50 Ah cells, then e-Up to 37 Ah cells, then 25 Ah cells can still be sold in Skoda e-Citigo and Seat e-Mii to compete with Twingo ZE, e-Go Life and Sion in price and range, just in case if these should become a success.

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