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Skoda hopes for eastern European gigafactory decision by 2023

“We are hoping and are confident that this decision will be taken in late autumn, maybe next year at the latest … We are hoping that VW will decide in favor of the Czech Republic.”

Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic are all in the running for the eastern European battery factory, to be opened in 2027, VW has said.

Battery pack production line

Skoda has added a battery pack production line at its Mlada Boleslav plant in the Czech Republic.

The line will assemble battery systems for Skoda, VW, Audi and Seat electric cars based on VW Group’s MEB platform.

Annual output will start at 250,000 systems rising to 380,000 by 2023, Skoda said in a statement on Tuesday.

The smallest battery pack with eight 24-cell modules has a capacity of 55 kilowatt-hours and the medium version with nine modules stores 62 kWh. The largest battery with 12 modules boasts an 82-kWh capacity.

 

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