Production of Volkswagen ID.3 at Zwickau plant to start in November
The series production of the Volkswagen ID.3 will start at the Zwickau vehicle plant in November and will then be ramped up step-by-step.
Currently, the last robots are being installed and the assembly line is being commissioned. The first vehicles are to be delivered to customers next summer. The first 400 pre-series ID.3s are already performing road tests throughout Europe.
With ID.3, Zwickau will become a pioneering site for electric mobility: here Volkswagen is converting an entire vehicle plant to 100 percent electric vehicles production for the first time. The changeover to electric vehicles already started at the beginning of 2018 and is to be completed by the end of 2020. The body shop and the paint shop have already been largely prepared for ID.3 production. The first of two final assembly lines has already been completed.
A total of 12 entirely new buildings or parts of buildings are currently under construction at the plant site. The existing press shop alone has already been extended and prepared for the new era for a total investment of €75 million.
This means that the Zwickau plant will be able to produce all the key body parts for MEB vehicles on site from 2021.
The second assembly line at Zwickau is to be modified from the summer of 2020 and to be commissioned the same year. In the final stage of development, six models based on the MEB are to be produced at Zwickau for three Group brands from 2021. The production capacity is to be boosted from 300,000 to 330,000 vehicles per year.
All in all, Volkswagen is investing about €1.2 billion in the transformation of this location.