Volkswagen’s main markets are Europe and China, therefore the production will be launched in Germany and Shanghai.
Volkswagen has started assembling pre-ordered ID.3 passenger electric cars. The new model is based on the MEB modular platform.
The production facility for the European market is located in Zwickau. Volkswagen also has high hopes for the Chinese market, cars for which will be assembled in Shanghai.
The company’s immediate goal is to manufacture 35,000 pre-ordered cars. Over the next year, its German plant is to manufacture 100,000 electric cars. During that time, Volkswagen is hoping to restructure its business model, which will from now onwards be based on pre-orders. The main thing is that the product has changed fundamentally: the car is crammed with electronics and has a semi-autonomous driving capability. The autopilot is so far intended for driving on freeways or in traffic jams. On-board systems in the cabin are managed using an augmented reality display.
The Group’s plans in China are even more ambitious. Volkswagen is planning to launch the production in cooperation with its local partner SAIC by October 2020. The estimated output volume is 300,000 electric cars per annum.
Next year, the Group is planning to fully rebuild its production line in Zwickau to manufacture electric cars. The plant presently assembles gasoline-powered Golf Variant.
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