Skoda Motors said at a press conference on September 6 that the company has started producing high-voltage power batteries at its Mladá Boleslav plant in the Czech Republic. The batteries produced at the Czech plant will be used in plug-in hybrid vehicles under the Volkswagen Group's brands, including Audi, SEAT, Skoda and Volkswagen.
Skoda invested a total of 25.3 million euros ($27.9 million) to upgrade its Mladá Boleslav plant to produce batteries for plug-in hybrid vehicles. The company is sourcing battery cells and modules from suppliers. The plant has an initial capacity of 150,000 per year and currently employs 200 workers directly or indirectly.
“For us, the production of battery systems is very technically challenging, which is an important step in our transition to electricization. We will further expand the production of electric vehicle parts. The expertise required in research and development. At the time, we took full advantage of the exchange of information between experts, covering the Volkswagen Group's parts business network, helping us to enhance the expertise from battery cells to recycling,” said Skoda Parts Manufacturing Christian Bleiel said.
About two years ago, the Volkswagen Group decided that Skoda's Mladá Boleslav plant in the Czech Republic would produce high-voltage power batteries for plug-in hybrids built on the Group's MQB platform. Among the Volkswagen Group's brands, Skoda will use these batteries in its new Superb iV plug-in hybrid, which is scheduled to go into production at Skoda's Kvasiny plant in the Czech Republic this month. Skoda will showcase its plug-in hybrids Superb and Citigo at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show in Germany this week.