Passing the baton: After today’s phase-out of the Golf Variant, the Zwickau plant now produces exclusively fully electric vehicles. (Photo courtesy Volkswagen)

Volkswagen recently announced the last combustion engine rolled off the assembly line at its Zwickau, Germany car factory. 

The German automaker has been in the process of converting the Zwickau plant from gasoline and diesel vehicle production to electric vehicle production. 

The company said only electric models will be produced at the plant.

“The leap into the modern automobile age has been a long one: since 1904, cars with combustion engines have been built in Zwickau,” the company said in a news release. 

In 30 years, 6 million Volkswagen vehicles have been produced in Zwickau. 

“Today is a historic day for us. We are proud of what we have achieved so far, and at the same time are greatly looking forward to what the future holds for us,” said Reinhard de Vries, managing director of technology and logistics at Volkswagen Sachsen. “The trend towards electric mobility will continue to pick up speed. We will meet this demand from Zwickau: we have already created the capacity to build 330,000 vehicles next year.”

The plant conversion started last year and the first electric vehicles will be built there at the end of the year. It will only produce the ID.3 electric car and plans to add new EV models over time.


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