VW's Hannover plant will build three new premium electric SUVs in 2024.
Back in August, Volkswagen's Commercial Vehicles division refurbished its Hannover, Germany manufacturing plant to prepare for the production of pure-electric vehicles like the Volkswagen ID.Buzz from 2022.
Now, the plant is bracing for numerous additions to its EV roster, as Volkswagen just announced that the Hannover factory has been selected to produce three all-new premium mid-size SUVs for other brands in the Volkswagen Group family starting in 2024. That will mean adding a whole new production line to the plant, which will be built with the help of an investment totaling around €680 million - about $800 million US.
Volkswagen hasn't disclosed which premium brands will have electric mid-size luxury SUVs built at the Hannover plant, but there are only so many options. One could be a follow-up to the Audi e-tron - Audi's first pure-electric crossover, which entered production in 2018 - but between Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, and Porsche, it's not especially obvious which brand or brands might also allocate an EV to Hannover.
For what it's worth, Bentley has been getting more serious about electrification in years past; the company is planning to launch two new plug-in-hybrid models in 2021, and its first pure-electric vehicle in 2025, on the way to becoming a 100% battery-electric brand by 2030 to comply with numerous international emissions mandates.
Dr Carsten Intra, Chairman of the Board at Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, calls the forthcoming electric luxury SUVs "genuine flagship projects: premium, 100% electric and highly automated," saying the Hannover plant was selected for its "assured efficiency and top level of production quality."
The Volkswagen ID.Buzz could be something of a test run in the lead up to Hannover producing premium electric SUVs for other brands. The Buzz, which is a modern reimagining of the classic VW Microbus, was first shown at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show, looking retro-fabulous and generating plenty of, erm, buzz. It's expected to cost in the neighborhood of $40,000 from launch, with a two-motor AWD system and a driving range of more than 300 miles.