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Skoda has started manufacturing battery systems for all-electric vehicles based on the MEB platform at its headquarters in Mlada Boleslav.

19 May 2022 | International News : Czech Republic

Skoda has announced that the manufacture of battery systems for all-electric vehicles based on the Volkswagen Group's Modular Electrification Toolkit (MEB) has started at its headquarters in Mlada Boleslav.

The move makes Skoda plant the only production facility for MEB battery systems in Europe outside of Germany. Skoda states that the newly constructed line will employ close to 250 staff, and will assemble more than 250,000 MEB battery systems annually. These battery systems will be installed in MEB models made by Volkswagen, Audi and Seat, on top of those from Skoda, of course.

The smallest version of the MEB battery system that comes with eight modules has a capacity of 55kWh while a medium-sized version that comes with nine modules stores 62kWh. The largest battery with 12 modules boasts an 82kWh capacity. In addition to the modules, each containing 24 cells, the components of an MEB battery system include a battery housing with an integrated cooling system, a battery management system and the requisite electrical connections.

Skoda is planning to produce e-vehicles or e-components at all three of its production sites by the end of this decade, and expects to have increased the share of all-electric car sales in Europe to between 50% and 70% within the same timeframe. The firm is also scheduled to launch at least three more battery-electric vehicles, all of which will be below the Enyaq iV in terms of price and size, by 2030.

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