BERLIN, Nov. 8 (Xinhua) -- Germany's largest car manufacturer Volkswagen has started mass production of battery systems for its upcoming electric vehicles, Volkswagen Group announced on Friday.
According to Volkswagen, the newly constructed facility in the German city of Brunswick would be producing up to half a million battery systems annually.
In addition to the production of the new battery systems, the new system's hardware and software was also developed at the Volkswagen facility in Brunswick.
A total of over 300 million euros (331 million U.S. dollars) had been invested in the new building at the company's main production site in Brunswick, the German car manufacturer announced.
"At our Brunswick location, we have a great deal of know-how in the planning and development of the high-voltage battery systems and are now setting new standards in production for the entire group," said Thomas Schmall, chairman of the board of management at Volkswagen group components.
"We also use this knowledge internationally in our group-wide network, for example with our facilities in China, and thus drive forward electro-mobility for the Volkswagen group," continued Schmall.
According to Volkswagen, the additional 300 employees at the new production site have received training to be qualified for the new field of work.
The new production facility for battery systems was a "further milestone in securing the future of employment and the location," said Uwe Fritsch, chairman of the work council of Volkswagen group components.