VW halts production of electric vehicles in Germany as the Ukraine crisis affects deliveries
BERLIN – Volkswagen will halt production at two electric-car plants in Germany this week after the Russian invasion of Ukraine affected supplies of components.
Production of battery electric compact cars from VW, Audi and Cupra built on VW Group’s MEB platform will be affected.
The carmaker is halting production at its Zwickau plant from Tuesday to Friday and at its Dresden plant from Wednesday to Friday, a VW spokesman said Automotive News Europe by email.
“The Volkswagen Group’s global supplier network, which includes more than 40,000 suppliers, also includes a number of suppliers in western Ukraine,” the statement said. “Due to the current situation in this region, there may be disruptions in the supply chain.”
Among other things, deliveries of electrical wiring harnesses produced in Ukraine were stopped.
The Zwickau plant builds the electric cars VW ID3, VW ID4, VW ID5, Audi Q4 etron and Cupra Born. The Dresden plant also builds the ID3.
Zwickau is currently Volkswagen’s most important European EV production site.
According to a report in the German business newspaper Handelsblatt.
That’s what VW CEO Herbert Diess said on Friday set up a task force to assess the possible consequences of the Ukraine crisis for the company.
The company is already struggling with the impact of semiconductor shortages on its production, particularly at its main plant in Wolfsburg, where the VW Golf is its best-selling model.
Last year, 330,000 fewer cars were built in Wolfsburg, the lowest figure since 1958.