Right here’s one of the vital vital charts within the electrification of transport and the top of the combustion engine: conversion of fossil fuel-powered automotive manufacturing capability to electrical automotive manufacturing capability.
The trouble to impress the automotive trade has been approached in a number of other ways.
Tesla is certainly the chief with a bigger manufacturing capability than the competitors.
Established automakers have been having extra troubles as they see a necessity to guard their gas-powered automotive enterprise as they transfer towards electrical automobiles.
It has been making them hesitant to deploy vital new manufacturing capability devoted for electrical automobiles, and even convert gasoline-powered automotive manufacturing capability to electrical car manufacturing capability.
For instance, corporations like Hyundai, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz are as an alternative making multi-powertrain platforms in order that they’ll incorporate electrical automobiles progressively into their present manufacturing strains.
A BMW government instructed me that they’re doing that so they may slowly enhance manufacturing based mostly on buyer demand.
This sort of strategy is especially being adopted by automakers who count on a really sluggish adoption of electrical automobiles over a long time.
Volkswagen is taking a distinct strategy.
The German automaker is investing closely in an all-electric platform, and extra curiously, they’re changing whole factories the place they at present produce gasoline-powered automobiles totally to electrical car manufacturing.
A number of factories are set to endure this conversion, however the first one is VW’s Zwickau manufacturing unit.
This results in the vital chart.
Volkswagen launched this chart displaying how briskly they’re utterly changing Zwickau to electrical transport in a brief time frame beginning this 12 months (image through Matthias Schmidt on Twitter):
That’s going to be an electrical car manufacturing capability of over 300,000 vehicles per 12 months, which is fairly uncommon outdoors of Tesla’s Fremont manufacturing unit in California.
The primary electrical car to be produced on the manufacturing unit is the ID3, an all-electric hatchback that VW is ready to launch later this 12 months.
Earlier this 12 months, Volkswagen revealed some specs of the VW ID.3 electric hatchback, which is able to begin at lower than €30,000 and have over 330 km of vary.
Some variations are presupposed to have over 500 km of vary.
That is nice. We’re speaking about changing a large plant to electrical automotive manufacturing over simply over two years. That’s fast.
I believe this extra aggressive strategy by Volkswagen, which has arguably been compelled onto them after the Dieselgate fiasco, will show profitable and will affect different automakers to do the identical.
At Electrek, we expect that electrification will occur a lot quicker than most individuals within the trade suppose proper now.
Because the variety of compelling electrical automotive fashions enhance quickly within the subsequent three to 4 years, it’s going to grow to be clear to most consumers that electrical vehicles are going to be the norm within the subsequent few years, and it’ll make it very laborious for them to purchase gasoline-powered vehicles as a result of the projected resale worth goes to be extraordinarily dangerous.
This shift goes to be very disruptive, and I believe charts like this one are going to pop up at many factories all over the world.
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