Volkswagen Halts Production at Two German Plants Due to Electric Motor Shortage

by AutoExpert   |  14 November, 2023

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Hey car buffs! Here's some news from the auto world that's making waves. Volkswagen, the giant from Wolfsburg, is hitting a bit of a snag. They've had to temporarily shut down production at two of their German factories. Why, you ask? Well, it turns out they're running low on electric motors.

What's the Impact?

This hiccup in the supply chain is affecting three Volkswagen models and two Audi models. The models in question are Audi Q4 e-Tron, Audi Q4 Sportback e-Tron, Volkswagen ID.3, ID.4, ID.5, and Cupra Born. Particularly, the production of Audi's two models, along with Volkswagen's ID.4 and ID.5, is feeling the pinch.

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The Bigger Picture

This isn't just a random problem popping up. It's part of what's known as the component crisis that's been ongoing since 2020, thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic. Yep, three years down the line, and the auto industry is still feeling the aftershocks.

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Specifics of the Shutdown

Volkswagen's Zwickau and Emden factories are the ones taking a breather. Zwickau's pause will last for three weeks, directly due to the scarcity of electric motors. As for Emden, they'll only be stopping the assembly of electric cars, specifically the Volkswagen ID.4 and ID.7 models. This break is expected to be shorter, just a few days. But hey, it's not all gloom – the Emden plant will keep churning out models with combustion engines, which aren't hit by this crisis.

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So, what does this all mean for Volkswagen and the electric vehicle market? It's a bit of a reality check, showing how the best-laid plans can stumble in the face of supply chain woes. But don't worry, Volkswagen's not down for the count. This is just a pit stop on the road to an electric future.

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