VW starts Multivan series production in Hannover

Volkswagen Industrial Cars (VWCV) has declared that the first production motor vehicles of the new Multivan are coming off the line.

It also marks the first time that a Multivan with a plug-in hybrid engine has been created in Hannover.

VW says the begin of production is a milestone in the transformation process of the main VWCV plant. This, on the other hand, does not mean that the remodelling in the manufacturing unit is completed: VW says preparations are presently underway for production of the thoroughly electric ID. Excitement following 12 months.

The integration of the new Multivan into the production procedures and the construction of new production amenities ended up completed even though production in the plant carried on in parallel. “For all of us in Hannover that was a demanding undertaking, which was executed in every detail”, says Josef Baumert, Board of Management Member for Output and Logistics at VWCV. Despite the problems triggered by the coronavirus pandemic and the fraught condition with regards to offer of some areas, sequence production of the new Multivan is now starting off on agenda. Baumert: “It has been a excellent workforce energy, of which we in this article in Hannover can be pretty proud.”

Extra efficient production

VW says the growth of automation and the systematic implementation of the digitalisation system in the production operation is escalating production efficiency. For illustration, in the T6.one production process the diploma of automation is close to 77%, with the new Multivan it is 93%.

“The systematic enhancement of productivity is an expense in the future”, says Baumert. Equipment supervisors appear right after many levels in parallel from a person control stand. They are in continual speak to with the machines through smart look at electronic gadgets. If any areas are needed or servicing is owing, this gets described very well in progress, as a result steering clear of any downtime.

An automated logistics programs for areas improves efficiency in the assembly process. Self-driving provider motor vehicles in the manufacturing unit provide areas immediately from the outlets to the assembly strains. In the future, T6.one, Multivan, ID. Excitement and ID. Excitement Cargo will all be created on just two main strains. “It’s an superb feat of the two organizing and logistics,” says Baumert.

Education

“We are using our staff with us into the future in the transformation of the plant”, says Nassia Zdravkova, Head of HR Germany. Education classes in the production division on the new models’ begin-ups, the production procedures and in unique the topic of electric mobility are managing constantly. For this the corporation is, for instance, building greater use of virtual education classes, in which staff are capable to familiarise by themselves with new workflows employing VR eyeglasses.

New careers are also staying made in the spot of production by means of the ongoing digitalisation and automation. Workforce are staying picked for these by means of techniques enhancement programmes and ready for them by means of focused education classes. “Right now there is a programme managing to acquire information analysts internally. That is a ability that we’ll ever more be employing in the in the vicinity of future in car production. The course individuals do not have any expert IT knowledge, but have the ideal techniques to be educated up for the tasks”, says Zdravkova.

Change4Factory production system and ‘Sustainable Factory’

Beginning sequence production of the new Multivan as a plug-in hybrid is a milestone in the electrification of production in the Hannover plant. As of 2022, a few motor vehicles will be simultaneously created in this article on a few car platforms and with a few drive process variants: the T6.one, the new Multivan and thoroughly electric ID. Excitement. From 2025 onwards, further thoroughly electric top quality products for other Team brand names will also be created in this article. Baumert: “In this way we are starting to be a person of the most contemporary factories in the Volkswagen Team. Connected, electronic and remarkably automated.”

With the Change4Factory production system, VWCV’s production and logistics departments are actively handling the transformation of the web-sites. In addition to far more efficient automobile building, the ‘Sustainable Factory’ is a main ingredient of this system: a manufacturing unit with out any unfavorable impact on the atmosphere – which is the eyesight. This works immediately to the profit of the Team objective of possessing a carbon-neutral footprint by 2050. “The CO2 reduction in production is a vital instrument in reaching this objective”, says Baumert. Put in concrete conditions: as a first stage, VWCV is aiming by 2025 to have decreased the environmental impact in the production process by fifty% as opposed to 2010. Hundreds of actions are staying applied to this finish in the manufacturing unit in order to slash emissions, to organise the use of means far more sustainably, to avoid waste and to boost biodiversity. “The hard get the job done is paying off, and we’re very well on the way to reaching our ambitious targets”, says Baumert.

The hottest generation of the Multivan

The new Multivan is the first car to go into full production in Hannover centered on the Modular Transverse Matrix. Provided for the first time in the drive process programme is a plug-in hybrid. Also involved is a new evolutionary stage of linked driver aid, functioning and infotainment programs.

The a hundred and sixty kW / 218 PS plug-in-hybrid (PHEV) drive process delivers zero on- road emissions and long assortment into full alignment with very low overall consumption. In addition, the Multivan is launching with two turbo petrol engines (100 kW / 136 PS and one hundred fifty kW / 204 PS) in early 2022 a turbo diesel offering 110 kW / one hundred fifty PS follows.

Selling prices for the new Multivan begin at €44,839.twenty. Consumers have been capable to spot progress orders given that the begin of this week. The launch in Germany is in November.