Skoda has started building batteries for its MEB-based EVs in the Czech Republic, becoming the first Volkswagen Group brand to do so outside of Germany.
The cells, which will power the Skoda Enyaq iV, Skoda Enyaq Coupé iV and other cars built on the MEB platform, from around the world. Volkswagen Group, are assembled on a new production line at the main factory in Mladá Boleslav.
Skoda claims the facility can produce more than 250,000 battery systems per year and will employ approximately 250 people.
Until now, all MEB battery systems were produced at Volkswagen plants in Germany. Skoda has invested around €130 million (£109 million) in the new factory.
Michael Oeljeklaus, Skoda’s head of production and logistics, called the start of production a “very special day” for the company. He added: “We are now producing the absolute key component at the heart of the business.”
The Skoda plant will be able to produce batteries with capacities of 55 kWh, 62 kWh and 82 kWh, serving the entire EV portfolio of the Volkswagen Group.
The battery packs are each made up of a varying number of modules: eight, nine and twelve respectively, with each module containing 24 cells.
The battery system also includes the battery housing and integrated cooling system, a management system and the electrical connections to connect it to the rest of the car.
The new production line, added to the facility that produces the Enyaq, is an important part of Skoda’s Next Level strategy to build to 2030, which includes building EVs or EV components in all three plants.
Skoda has confirmed it will launch at least three more electric vehicles by 2030, all of which will remain below the Enyaq in price and size.
These vehicles are known to include a crossover similar in size to the Volkswagen ID 3 and Skoda’s version of the entry-level £17,000 small car that will launch in 2025 alongside the production versions of the Volkswagen ID Life and Cupra Urban Rebel. concepts.