Volkswagen launches ID.3, a new era of electrified mobility. At the heart of this is the electric motor, which is produced on the basis of the modular electric drive matrix (MEB). Differences compared to conventional gasoline or diesel engine are already recognizable at first glance as it is not only less complex but so compact enough to fit in a sports bag.
The complete drive unit, together with the 1-speed gearbox, weighs only about 90 kg and makes up to 150 kW (204 hp) in the Volkswagen ID.3 at the top. The maximum torque of 310 Newton meters can be achieved even at low engine speed, which means that a 1-speed gearbox is sufficient for the entire rotational speed range. Both electric drive and 1-speed gearbox are produced in the component plant in Kassel.
The electric motors for MEB vehicles for Europe and North America are being built at VW’s component site in Kassel. Annually up to 500,000 units are planned. In addition, the site in Kassel cooperates closely with the Chinese Tianjin plant, where the e-drive for the Chinese market is being produced in parallel. Together, the two plants will produce up to 1.4 million electric drives per year from 2023 onwards. This makes Volkswagen Group Components one of the world’s largest manufacturers of electric drives for vehicles.