10 December 2021
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ID. California will expand Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles' California range as an all-electric campervan

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles (VWCV) has announced that its Hannover production site will produce innovative electric vehicles including an ID. California all-electric campervan.

The VWCV plant in Hannover is confirmed as the production site for first Artemis Project vehicles and as body construction for Bentley. VWCV CEO Carsten Intra said: “We are developing Hannover into a multi-brand and high-tech site.”

Dr Carsten Intra, Bertina Murkovic and Dr Astrid Fontaine, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles made the following statement:

“Today’s decisions by the supervisory board confirm our future course at VWCV: we are developing Hannover into a multi-brand and high-tech site and at the same time strengthen our own commercial vehicle model range. And we’re investing in the sustainable expansion of our successful California model series”, explains Dr Carsten Intra, Chairman of the VWCV Brand Board of Management. “Thanks to the understanding reached with our works council within the scope of the existing site agreement, we have thus secured the utilisation of the production facility. And the most important thing about this is that we have in this way also secured the jobs of the men and women who work in it.”

Work in Hannover already started on schedule this summer on building the new assembly line, on which production is due to start in 2025. It was originally intended to both produce premium electric models for Audi and Porsche at VWCV, and also to do the vehicle body construction for a new Bentley model in Hannover. The models to be produced in Hannover will be the new Multivan unveiled this year, the T 6.1 and, from next year, the ID. Buzz in People Mover and Cargo versions, plus, in the future, the ID. California and the confirmed production volumes from the Artemis Project and the new Bentley model.

Bertina Murkovic, Chair of the Works Council at Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, explains: “After the disappointment of Porsche deciding against the Hannover site, we have now agreed the investment for a future of high utilisation levels in Hannover and good strategic prospects for the VWCV brand. The fact that we are developing the ID. Buzz into the camper segment too is good news for Hannover! The other derivatives decisions for the new Multivan are also to be seen very positively. All in all, with the products now agreed we are at full capacity for this decade. Now we need to get our workforce ready for the changes. The emphasis over the next few years will be on the transformation of the personnel. It is precisely in relation to this that we have described the basic framework in our new agreement: job security is the foundation! Every man and woman will be appropriately deployed and trained. Despite all the change and the necessity for it – people will come along on the journey if they sense that their concerns and reservations are being taken seriously. Certainty during times of change is our message and demand. That’s what Planning Round 70 and our new site agreement stand for.”

The VWCV California model range of campervans has been very popular and in high demand in many countries of the world for many years. The new Caddy California recently completed the range as a micro camper. Despite the challenging market situation, the number of orders received for the California models over the last few months has continually and significantly increased. With the confirmation from the supervisory board, VWCV will now be starting the development of a further California family member for the second half of this decade: “The ID. California based on the ID. Buzz will combine the ongoing trend towards mobile leisure arrangements with sustainable CO2-neutral mobility. Made by VWCV!”, says Carsten Intra.