VW CEO Blume questions new EV factory in Wolfsburg

According to German media sources, the new Volkswagen Group boss Oliver Blume is questioning the construction of the new electric car plant initiated by his predecessor Herbert Diess in the Warmenau district of Wolfsburg. It also means that the first EV planned to be produced there, the prestigious ‘Trinity’ sedan, will also be (at least) postponed.

As reported by the German publication Manager Magazin with reference to company circles, Blume wants to postpone the launch of the Trinity vehicles, planned for 2026, by around four years. The model should be produced in the new plant that has already been officially announced.

The SSP model platform planned for the entire group will probably no longer be launched with the Trinity as originally specified. That questions the entire ‘raison d’être’ of the new plant.

Instead of the ambitious Trinity series, there will initially be additional and as yet unplanned electric models based on the already well-known MEB modular system. These could also be built at the current Wolfsburg plant, which is being partly converted to electric production anyway.

Problem child Cariad

Bottlenecks at the software subsidiary Cariad are cited as the main reason for the later launch of the Trinity. “The E3 1.2 software, which is already years late and primarily intended for Porsche and Audi, is to be used for a longer period and refreshed in between. The E3 2.0 software will not start in 2026, but in 2029,” according to VW. As Trinity builds on the software 2.0, it will thus have to wait.

In response to the rumors in the press,  VW Group CEO Blume and VW brand boss Thomas Schäfer have issued a joint internal statement: “At the moment we are seizing the opportunity to scrutinize all the future projects and the investments needed and verify their viability. In the coming weeks, we will follow a strict calendar: first, we have to take some decisions on the software implementation, and after that, we will concentrate on the different projects for the respective brands. It’s too early to be concrete on planning issues.”

Other problems with the planning of the electric car plant in Warmenau became public a few weeks ago. The German magazine Automobilwoche revealed that Volkswagen was unable to reach an agreement with their landlords and therefore had to reschedule the plant. If Blume pushes through, this problem will be solved automatically.

Apparently, the new CEO Oliver Blume is on the one hand accelerating electrification by pumping still more money into the electrification plans of already marketed and coming smaller EV models of the group, based on the MEB platform. At the same time, he’s seriously questioning some future investments in prestigious projects planned by his predecessor Herbert Diess who wanted VW to overtake asap the much-admired competitor Tesla.

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