Production of the VW e-Crafter begins in Wrzesnia

2 MinutesBy NZ Trucking magazineJuly 24, 2020

Full production of the Volkswagene-Crafter has begun at the Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles plant in Wrzesnia, Poland, alongside the MAN eTGE. After nearly two years of shared production with the brand‘s main plant in Hannover, the plant in Poland is also taking over production of all versions of the Crafter.

“The plant in Wrzesnia is one of the world‘s most modern car factories. Since 2016, when the plant went into operation, we‘ve been continuously developing our areas of expertise. Both the plant in Wrzesnia and the Crafter now being produced here in all its variants are important building blocks for Volkswagen Poznan and the Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles brand,” says Dietmar Mnich, chairman of the board of management of Volkswagen Poznan.

The e-Crafter is tailored to urban logistics transport. Its range and battery capacity make it perfect in daily deployment for last-mile deliveries. At the same time the e-Crafter has zero emissions, no exhaust fumes, and its electric drive system is extremely quiet. This has a direct, positive impact on the living conditions of city dwellers and also makes the drivers‘ work more pleasant. 

The production of electric vehicles calls for employees to have the relevant specialist skills and in Poland requires special licences for working on electrical systems with a voltage of up to 1 kilovolt. Within the past three years, Volkswagen Poznan has run more than 2000 training sessions that have prepared the team for every step of the new working processes. 

Volkswagen Poznan is rigorously implementing the environmental goals of the Volkswagen Group‘s goTOzero strategy. Volkswagen Poznan will become a CO2 neutral company by 2050. Like the other plants in Poland, the plant in Wrzesnia has, since 2019, been supplied with power from renewable sources. Thanks to this decision the CO2 emissions being generated have been reduced by almost 80%. The energy required for the vehicle production is generated by wind farms and hydroelectric power stations in Poland.