Nov 17, 2020

  • Production at the Tianjin site in China bolsters VW’s electrification campaign in the world’s most important automotive market
  • Volkswagen Group Components is a global player in electric mobility

Wolfsburg/Tianjin – Volkswagen Group Components reinforces its position as a key supplier of central electric vehicle components for the brands and joint ventures of the Volkswagen Group in the most important market for electric mobility. With immediate effect, the Chinese components factory in Tianjin will be producing the APP 310 drive on the modular electric drive matrix (MEB). This component will be used in the Volkswagen ID.41 variants produced by the joint venture partners FAW (ID.4 CROZZ2) and SAIC (ID.4 X2). The Group’s future MEB models for China will also be supplied locally. The main factory for electric drives at Volkswagen Group Components in Kassel produces the APP 310 motor for current and future MEB models in Europe and North America.

Thomas Schmall, CEO of Volkswagen Group Components: “With the start of production on the APP 310 at our components site in Tianjin, we are accelerating the electric mobility movement not only in the regional market but also for the Group as a whole. Our presence in the key markets enables us to react flexibly and efficiently to the needs of our customers. In this way, Volkswagen Group Components is making a major contribution to the Group’s electrification campaign.”

Automatic gearboxes have been produced at the Tianjin component plant since 2012. Following the ramp-up of the DQ400e hybrid engine and the APP 290 electric drive, the APP 310 represents the next milestone in the transformation to electric mobility. The permanent magnet synchronous machine with the drive and gearbox parallel to the axles has an output of up to 150 kW (204 PS) with a maximum torque of 310 Nm. The two component plants at Kassel and Tianjin are working closely together on the industrialisation process for the new product. At present, the technical capacity installed at both sites corresponds to up to 880,000 electric drives per year. Production is to be expanded by up to 1.4 million electric drives as early as 2023. This would make Volkswagen Group Components one of the largest producers of electric drives in the world.

1)ID.4 – Power consumption (NEDC) in kWh/100 km: combined 16.9-16.2; CO₂ emissions combined in g/km: 0; efficiency class: A+
2) The vehicles have not yet gone on sale in the EU.

This is Volkswagen Group Components.
As an independent corporate business unit under the umbrella of Volkswagen AG, Volkswagen Group Components is responsible for the development and manufacturing of strategic components for the Group’s vehicle-producing brands. Around 75,000 employees work in over 60 plants at 48 production sites worldwide in five business areas – Engine and Foundry, Gearbox and Electric Drive, Chassis and Battery System, Seats and Battery Cells. They develop and manufacture vehicle components, shape future topics such as charging infrastructure and battery recycling – and thus make a decisive contribution to the value of the Volkswagen Group, its brands and products. Thomas Schmall is CEO of Volkswagen Group Components.

Press contact – Volkswagen Group Components Communications
Enrico Beltz, Head of Communications, Tel: +49 5361-9-48590,


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