Skoda has produced its 100,000th plug-in hybrid battery at its Mlada Boleslav plant.
Production of the high-voltage batteries at the site has been ongoing since September 2019. Despite taking approximately two hours to manufacture, a new battery leaves the plant every 88 seconds.
Each shift sees 58 employees working in an area of roughly 2,000 m². Thirteen robots also assist in handling particularly heavy or awkward components.
Every plug-in hybrid battery is subjected to extensive testing before being installed, inclusive of checks on its cooling circuit. A total of 13 test benches accesses items from the interaction of high-voltage and low-voltage components as well as their electrical insulation.
Each battery system is also charged to a portion of its maximum capacity.
Over the next two years, Skoda Auto will invest more than $72 million in the vocational training and professional development of its workforce in preparation for the age of electromobility. Skoda will also gradually electrify its entire model range.
This includes a $20 billion investment into new all-electric and partially electrified vehicles as well as in battery production by 2025.