Volkswagen to begin ID.3 production at Zwickau

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Volkswagen has announced that it will begin series production of the all-electric ID.3 at its Zwickau facility on November 4. The German OEM is the first volume manufacturer to convert a large car factory from internal combustion engine manufacture to e-mobility.

The phased transformation of the factory already began in 2018 and will be fully completed in 2021, transforming the Zwickau plant in Germany into the largest electric car plant in Europe.

“Production start of the ID.3 ushers in a new era for Volkswagen – one comparable to the first Beetle or the first Golf,” said Thomas Ulbrich, VW board member for e-mobility. “Zwickau will become the lead plant for this new era in the automotive industry.

In the final expansion stage from 2021, the team at Zwickau will be building up to 330,000 all-electric vehicles per year. From then, the plant will be producing six models based on the MEB platform for three group brands: Volkswagen, Audi and SEAT.

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