The Volkswagen Group plans to boost electric vehicle production over the next few years, aiming to manufacture 22m battery-powered electric vehicles by 2028, more than half of which will be produced in China, the company has announced.
China will be a central base of production, manufacturing 11.6m electric vehicles by 2028.
The company’s three Chinese vehicle production joint ventures will enable this target to be reached.
And construction of new facilities at plants in Anting and Foshan will enable an additional 600,000 electric vehicles to be produced in China each year when the two plants become operational in 2020, the company said.
This year the global automotive firm will release a number of new clean energy car models, according to the announcement made earlier this month.
The move is part of the a wider “decarbonisation plan” which includes an electric mobility strategy.
Dr. Stephan Wöllenstein, CEO of Volkswagen Group China, said the company is “going full-scale electric in 2019.”
He added: “We will be offering 14 NEV models in China this year – providing customers with unprecedented choice.”
And Dr Herbert Diess, chairman of the board of management at VW, stressed that the company will strive “to reduce the auto industry’s impact on our society through clean mobility and better production processes.”
He said: “China and our strong Chinese partners will be central to our plans to deliver cleaner, safer and more intelligent individual mobility for millions of people.”
China is at the forefront of the car giant’s drive towards electrification and carbon neutrality.
And last year efforts taken to reduce its carbon footprint across its 33 factories in China saved 390,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions.