Ineos has now generated manufacturing prototypes at the previous Sensible plant in Hambach, stating the progress signals “the last phase in the company’s transition from ‘project’ to automotive manufacturer”.
Given that acquiring Hambach in January 2021, Ineos has invested above EUR50m in addition to the EUR470m invested in 2019 by Daimler’s Mercedes-Benz in a entirely new manufacturing line. The line now focused to the Grenadier SUV involves a new, completely automated bodyshop, a new semi-automatic paintshop and an upgraded general assembly facility. Hambach also gains from a new large tech, high quality evaluation centre.
Possessing taken just 12 months to reconfigure the new line for the Grenadier, Ineos is nearing the stop of a initial output try out-out (PTO1) phase. Developing 130 PTO1 units is critical for defining the assembly procedure and also gives the engineering staff with manufacturing representative vehicles for closing rounds of screening and certification.
The PTO2 phase starts in March to validate the assembly method and establish high quality before output of start series automobiles proves out the provide chain, logistics, and create amount.
In parallel, preparations in all business areas of the organization continue on at rate to guarantee the new automaker is all set for customers. Around 100 income and support dealers all-around the environment have been nominated and contracts signed with parts distribution and retail finance associates.
“Some 15,000 buyers around the globe have reserved their Grenadier,” said CEO Dirk Heilmann. “We want to produce a vehicle that is all set, and we will not cut corners. With the profit of the hugely expert and knowledgeable crew at Hambach, as effectively as the expertise in basic safety and top quality that we have employed, we are on concentrate on to start out sequence generation in July.”
Whole pricing and requirements will be announced in April 2022.