15/08/2022

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VW starts Multivan series production in Hannover

VW starts Multivan series production in Hannover

Volkswagen Commercial Cars (VWCV) has declared that the initial generation motor vehicles of the new Multivan are coming off the line.

It also marks the initial time that a Multivan with a plug-in hybrid motor has been built in Hannover.

VW suggests the start off of generation is a milestone in the transformation procedure of the major VWCV plant. This, on the other hand, does not necessarily mean that the remodelling in the factory is finished: VW suggests preparations are at the moment underway for generation of the entirely electric ID. Buzz future year.

The integration of the new Multivan into the generation processes and the development of new production amenities ended up performed though generation in the plant carried on in parallel. “For all of us in Hannover that was a complicated endeavor, which was executed in each individual detail”, suggests Josef Baumert, Board of Management Member for Generation and Logistics at VWCV. Irrespective of the worries brought about by the coronavirus pandemic and the fraught predicament with regards to provide of some parts, collection generation of the new Multivan is now starting on agenda. Baumert: “It has been a amazing workforce work, of which we here in Hannover can be really proud.”

Additional productive generation

VW suggests the expansion of automation and the systematic implementation of the digitalisation method in the production procedure is increasing generation performance. For example, in the T6.one production procedure the diploma of automation is all around 77%, with the new Multivan it is ninety three%.

“The systematic advancement of productivity is an financial investment in the future”, suggests Baumert. Device supervisors glimpse immediately after numerous levels in parallel from 1 manage stand. They are in regular speak to with the equipment via intelligent view electronic units. If any parts are wanted or servicing is owing, this gets described very well in progress, so steering clear of any downtime.

An automated logistics techniques for parts raises performance in the assembly procedure. Self-driving provider motor vehicles in the factory convey parts specifically from the suppliers to the assembly traces. In the long run, T6.one, Multivan, ID. Buzz and ID. Buzz Cargo will all be built on just two major traces. “It’s an fantastic feat of each setting up and logistics,” suggests Baumert.

Training

“We are getting our staff with us into the long run in the transformation of the plant”, suggests Nassia Zdravkova, Head of HR Germany. Training sessions in the generation office on the new models’ start off-ups, the production processes and in unique the issue of electric mobility are managing constantly. For this the firm is, for occasion, producing improved use of virtual instruction sessions, in which staff are capable to familiarise on their own with new workflows making use of VR eyeglasses.

New positions are also staying created in the spot of generation by way of the ongoing digitalisation and automation. Employees are staying selected for these by way of skills growth programmes and geared up for them by way of targeted instruction classes. “Right now there is a programme managing to acquire knowledge analysts internally. That’s a ability that we’ll ever more be making use of in the close to long run in car production. The class members do not have any professional IT know-how, but have the right skills to be properly trained up for the tasks”, suggests Zdravkova.

Change4Factory generation method and ‘Sustainable Factory’

Setting up collection generation of the new Multivan as a plug-in hybrid is a milestone in the electrification of generation in the Hannover plant. As of 2022, 3 motor vehicles will be at the same time built here on 3 car platforms and with 3 push system variants: the T6.one, the new Multivan and entirely electric ID. Buzz. From 2025 onwards, even further entirely electric high quality versions for other Group makes will also be built here. Baumert: “In this way we are getting to be 1 of the most present day factories in the Volkswagen Group. Connected, electronic and extremely automated.”

With the Change4Factory generation method, VWCV’s generation and logistics departments are actively handling the transformation of the websites. In addition to much more productive vehicle producing, the ‘Sustainable Factory’ is a main component of this method: a factory without any destructive affect on the setting – that’s the eyesight. This is effective specifically to the gain of the Group aim of obtaining a carbon-neutral footprint by 2050. “The CO2 reduction in generation is a critical instrument in attaining this objective”, suggests Baumert. Place in concrete terms: as a initial phase, VWCV is aiming by 2025 to have decreased the environmental affect in the generation procedure by 50% in contrast to 2010. Hundreds of steps are staying implemented to this conclusion in the factory in order to slash emissions, to organise the use of assets much more sustainably, to prevent squander and to market biodiversity. “The hard function is paying out off, and we’re very well on the way to attaining our formidable targets”, suggests Baumert.

The hottest era of the Multivan

The new Multivan is the initial car to go into comprehensive generation in Hannover based on the Modular Transverse Matrix. Bundled for the initial time in the push system programme is a plug-in hybrid. Also integrated is a new evolutionary phase of linked driver help, operating and infotainment techniques.

The 160 kW / 218 PS plug-in-hybrid (PHEV) push system brings zero on- highway emissions and very long range into comprehensive alignment with minimal full consumption. In addition, the Multivan is launching with two turbo petrol engines (a hundred kW / 136 PS and one hundred fifty kW / 204 PS) in early 2022 a turbo diesel delivering 110 kW / one hundred fifty PS follows.

Price ranges for the new Multivan start off at €44,839.twenty. Prospects have been capable to place progress orders given that the start off of this week. The launch in Germany is in November.