Volkswagen has announced it’s focusing its production facility might on the ID.3, while it announces that the e-Golf will go out of production. This news comes after VW manufactured 50,401 units at its Dresden factory since March 2017. The ID.3 has taken global markets by storm and is clearly defining itself as the people’s car for the electric vehicle age from the world’s biggest carmaker.
This total focus on the ID.3 sees the Transparent Factory converted to deliver VW’s modular electric drive kit (MEB). A few months ago ElectricDrives reported on how Volkswagen and three Chinese ventures are to invest €15 billion in electric cars, and this investment, along with the shift from the e-Golf to the ID.3, marks an intensification on electric cars which is now very clear.
The ID.3 has proved a massive hit with car buyers since coming onto the market in September. In October sales overtook both Tesla and Renault to become the top-selling electric car in Europe during that month. It also came in as the top-selling car in Norway, The Netherlands and Ireland. In Norway the ID.3 accounted for more than 19 percent of the market.
Danny Auerswald, head of plant of VW’s Transparent Factory in Dresden, said: “The end of the e-Golf is also the start of the final preparations for the ID.3. In just a few weeks, we will be opening the next chapter for the Transparent Factory.
“After Zwickau, we are the second location in Europe to manufacture vehicles based on the new modular e-drive system. Volkswagen is thus underlining the importance of the Saxon plants in the group-wide E-offensive.”