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Volkswagen plant Zwickau
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Production start of
Volkswagen ID.3

Volkswagen initiates system changeover to e-mobility – Production of the ID.3 starts in Zwickau

Volkswagen’s electric offensive is picking up speed: Today saw the official start of series production of the ID.3. The first car in the new generation of electric vehicles (EVs) – a white ID.3 – rolled off the assembly line watched by Federal Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel and Group CEO Dr. Herbert Diess. The Volkswagen Group plans to sell some 22 million EVs worldwide by 2028, thus helping EVs make the breakthrough. Zwickau has a key role to play in this endeavor: For the first time, a large car manufacturing plant is being entirely converted to e-mobility, with investments running at €1.2 billion. Zwickau is already scheduled to produce some 100,000 electric models next year. From 2021, up to 330,000 EVs will leave the assembly line each year, making the site the largest and most efficient EV factory in Europe and a trailblazer in the transformation of Volkswagen’s global production network.

Factory visit with (f.l.t.r.) Michael Kretschmer, Prime Minister of the Free State of Saxony; German Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel; Dr. Herbert Diess, Chairman of the Board of Volkswagen AG; Thomas Ulbrich, Member of the Volkswagen Brand Board of Management responsible for E-Mobility and Jens Rothe, Chairman of the General Works Council of Volkswagen Sachsen GmbH, during the start of production of the ID.3 at Volkswagen plant in Zwickau.

Speech by Dr Herbert Diess, Chairman of the Board of Volkswagen AG: „Start of a new era“

“We are on the brink of a system changeover to e-mobility. The question is no longer whether electric vehicles (EVs) will make the breakthrough. The question is rather how fast they will make the breakthrough and in what region. If the German automotive industry is also to play a leading role in the world of e-mobility, we must succeed in making Germany a key e-mobility market.”

Booklet: Production start of Volkswagen ID.3

The Zwickau plant is a key element in the most comprehensive electric offensive in the automotive industry. Volkswagen is the very first volume automaker to entirely convert a large vehicle plant from 100 percent internal combustion engines to 100 percent e-mobility. All in all, Volkswagen is investing about €1.2 billion in the conversion of this location. In the final expansion stage from 2021, up to 330,000 electric vehicles per year will roll off the production lines here, some 30,000 vehicles more than previously. Zwickau will therefore be Europe’s largest and most efficient electric car plant. 

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