The new Volkswagen ID.3 on the production line at Zwickau
The new Volkswagen ID.3 on the production line at Zwickau

Production of the new Volkswagen ID.3 has started at a new plant at Zwickau, Germany. The large car manufacturing plant has been entirely converted to e-mobility, with investments running at €1.2 billion to support the Volkswagen Group’s plans to sell 22 million EVs worldwide by 2028.

Zwickau is already scheduled to produce 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.

From 2021, six MEB models from three Group brands will be built in Zwickau.

The first car in Volkswagen’s new generation of electric vehicles (EVs) – a white ID.3 – this week rolled off the assembly line watched by Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel and Volkswagen Group CEO Dr. Herbert Diess.

Group CEO Herbert Diess said at the ceremony in Zwickau:

“The ID.3 will make an important contribution to the breakthrough of e-mobility. It makes clean individual mobility accessible to millions of people and is a milestone for our company on the road to becoming climate-neutral by 2050.”

Thomas Ulbrich, Volkswagen Brand Board Member for E-Mobility, commented:

“The ID.3 is a high-tech car from a high-tech factory. With some 1,700 robots, driverless transport systems and fully-automated manufacturing processes, Zwickau gives a contemporary insight into the shape of forward-looking high-volume production of EVs.”

The new ID.3 will arrive in Ireland next summer
The new ID.3 will arrive in Ireland next summer

Apart from manufacturing at the Zwickau factory, the Components plants in Brunswick, Kassel, Salzgitter and Wolfsburg are also involved in ID.3 production. They manufacture key components such as the electric motors or the battery systems. The car manufacturing plants in Emden and Hanover are scheduled to begin building EVs from 2022. The Volkswagen Group is also cooperating with Northvolt to set up a major battery cell factory in Salzgitter.

The ID.3 will be launched to markets throughout Europe in summer 2020, including Ireland.

Over 35,000 international customers have already reserved an ID.3 and paid a pre-booking deposit.