Volkswagen starts production on ID.3, the first of many new electric vehicles using the MEB Platform.
Yesterday Volkswagen took a massive step in their future when they announced that production had started on the ID.3, their first electric vehicle on the new MEB Platform. This is more than just the beginning of assembly for that car though, it’s also the start of the transition from gas to electric vehicle production for the Zwickau plant—where the ID.3 is being built.
At the ceremony VW was joined by the Federal Chancellor of Germany, Dr. Angela Merkel, where she and others watched the first ID.3 roll off the line and officially kick off VW’s latest push into the EV market. CEO Herbert Diess had this to say at the ceremony:
"“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”"
The ID.3 is just the first of many new electric vehicles that are to come from the German giant, like the I.D. Crozz, I.D. Buzz, and I.D. Vizzion. All well and good, but I think the only one they actually need to make is the wildly cool I.D. Buggy concept that was shown some months ago. Regardless, the future of Volkswagen started yesterday and it’ll be interesting, to say the least, to see how one of the largest automakers handles their ongoing transition into the EV world.