Skoda has restarted production of high-voltage traction batteries for VW Group PIH models at its Mladá Boleslav plant, employing what it says are comprehensive hygiene measures.

To keep the workforce safe, more than 80 precautions have to be strictly followed.

“In recent weeks, we have thoroughly prepared for the scheduled restart to ensure we can deliver the required quantities under the current conditions from the start,” said Skoda head of Component Production, Christian Bleiel.

“Of course, complying with the precautions required to keep our employees as safe as possible remains the top priority.”

Battery systems are built on the line, tested and charged before they are fitted in cars. Around 200 employees are involved in the battery assembly process in Mladá Boleslav.

Skoda is also planning to expand its current production capacities this year. Manufacturing is supported by 13 Kuka robots who – with a maximum payload capacity of between 210 and 500 kg – transport particularly heavy or bulky components.

The high-voltage traction batteries made in Mladá Boleslav have been used in MQB-based plug-in hybrids from Skoda, Audi, Seat and VW since September, 2019.

They are also fitted in the Skoda  Superb iV at the Kvasiny plant since last September.