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For some time, Charged has followed the story of Workhorse Group, a Cincinnati-based company that has built a prototype electric pickup, has sold electric trucks to UPS and FedEx, and is in the running for a major contract to supply delivery trucks to the US Postal Service.
Along with other observers of the EV scene, we were excited about the news that Workhorse was involved in a plan to convert GM’s idled Lordstown, Ohio factory to an electric truck plant, but skeptical that a small company that was then on the verge of insolvency could arrange the financing to purchase the massive auto plant (to be precise, the plan is for the factory to be owned and operated by a newly-formed company using Workhorse’s technology and some of its key personnel).
The credibility of the scheme wasn’t enhanced by the fact that it was originally announced via a tweet from the White House, rather than by the companies involved. Last week, Vice President Mike Pence further muddied the waters when he prematurely announced that Workhorse had secured financing to buy the plant. In fact, as FreightWaves reported, GM and Lordstown Motors, the new company that will operate the plant, are still working through the due diligence phase.
Workhorse did raise $ 25 million in new funding in June, but this did not constitute financing for the Lordstown deal. GM told Green Car Reports that financing for the sale of the plant has not yet been secured, but that Workhorse will use the $ 25 million to fund R&D and to clear a backlog of commercial truck deliveries, putting the company in a stronger position to move forward with its Lordstown plans. “There’s been a lot of progress,” said GM spokesman Jim Cain. “Anything that makes Workhorse stronger, makes them stronger in the new company.”
Steve Burns, the founder of Workhorse and the CEO of Lordstown Motors, told The Detroit News that he’s seeking to raise $ 300 million to convert the assembly complex to an EV plant.
Last week, Ohio State Senators Sean O’Brien and Michael Rulli toured Workhorse’s Cincinnati headquarters, and came away “a lot more optimistic” about the Lordstown deal. The lawmakers test-drove both the pickup truck and the vehicle prototype that the company is pitching to USPS.
“They are very good quality vehicles with great acceleration, and they are very economical,” O’Brien said. “It was very reassuring to actually drive them.” Workhorse told O’Brien that the electric pickup will have a range of about 130 miles, and will cost approximately $ 52,000.
Workhorse CEO Duane Hughes and founder Steve Burns told the senators that the company plans to build the electric pickup trucks even if the USPS contract doesn’t come through. Hughes and Burns also made a commitment to use United Auto Workers employees at the new plant.
“As far as technology goes, they have it nailed down. But the elephant in the room is the financing,” Rulli said. “They told us they are on track to get the $ 350 million to $ 500 million needed to get into Lordstown. I can’t say the project is a home run yet because there are still unanswered questions, but I feel much more confident now.”
Source: Green Car Reports
BMW has doubled its production capacity of high-voltage batteries at its plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina. The battery facility now produces new fourth-generation batteries for the plug-in hybrid models of BMW’s new X5 and its future X3, both of which are also produced in Spartanburg.
In the past four years, the plant’s battery assembly team has produced a total of more than 45,000 batteries. BMW says the new assembly line can handle different types of fourth-generation batteries to serve the growing range of EVs locally. The automaker plans to employ more than 120 people in battery production at Plant Spartanburg by the end of the year.
BMW built its first PHEV, the X5 xDrive40e, at its Spartanburg location from 2015 to 2018. It plans to start production of the new X5 PHEV, the xDrive45e, in August 2019. Production of the X3 xDrive30e will start in December.
“We have invested around ten million US dollars in a new battery assembly line and expanded the area to more than 8,000 square meters. This means we could double the number of batteries produced if needed to meet market demand,” said Michael Nikolaides, Senior Vice President at BMW.
The Volkswagen Group’s plant in Zwickau, Germany is undergoing a massive modernization process. When it’s done, the facility will be one of the biggest all-electric car factories in the world.
The German automaker is investing some €1.2 billion to shift the plant’s production from three legacy models to six pure EVs from VW, Seat and Audi, all based on the new MEB platform.
Zwickau is a historic plant – during the East German era, the famously mediocre Trabant 1.1, known as the “racing cardboard,” was built here. Since the reopening of the site in 1990, it has produced more than 5.5 million VW vehicles.
The conversion of the 1.8-million-square-meter factory began in the summer of 2018 with the modernization of the production lines. The first of two assembly lines for EV production is expected to go into service this August. The site’s second line will be converted and go into operation in 2020. The new lines will incorporate some 1,625 robots. 50 partner companies are helping with the conversion.
The first electric model to roll off the line in Zwickau will be the Volkswagen ID.3. Production is scheduled to begin in late 2019. Production will gradually increase, reaching 330,000 vehicles per year by 2021.
Currently, the plant capacity is 1,350 cars per day – this will increase to 1,500. VW says the single platform, combined with the greater simplicity of EVs, will allow the company to produce more vehicles in the same footprint with the same workforce. The revamped plant incorporates several features designed to make production “largely CO2-free.”
“Volkswagen is set to build the attractive, affordable e-car for everyone,” says the company. “An e-car for millions, not just for millionaires. To do so, the Volkswagen plant in Zwickau is currently being transformed into the first, largest, highest-performing – and most environmentally friendly – e-factory in Europe.”
Source: Volkswagen via InsideEVs
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