Motor shortage leads to production pause
Zwickau plant builds Audi, VW EVs
Volkswagen Group is pausing EV production because it’s falling short on electric motors. The automaker’s stoppage will happen at the Zwickau plant and will affect some of its most popular models.
“The production of e-drives at the Volkswagen Group Components site in Kassel is currently only possible to a limited extent,” a spokesperson told Reuters (via Auto News Europe).
That shortage of electric motors will affect the Audi Q4 e-tron and Sportback e-tron, the Volkswagen ID.4, and ID.5. All are built at the Zwickau plant.
The shutdown is expected to last for three weeks, Volkswagen Group said.
Volkswagen ID.4 models meant for sale in the U.S. and Canada are built at a separate plant in Chattanooga, TN. That plant was not mentioned in the announcement and is not supplied by the Kassel facility, so it should not be affected by the bottleneck. ID.3 and Cupra Born models, which are built at Zwickau, will not be affected.