Production of the Volkswagen ID.3 begins

Start the it was electric of Volkswagen, investing 1.2 billion euros to renovate and transform the Zwickau plant into modern facilities adapted to the new times in which only electric cars will be manufactured and which will become the largest electric car factory in all of Europe. It will play a very important role, because Volkswagen plans to sell 22 million electric cars worldwide between today and 2028. This is great news for the environment, since production of 100,000 cars is expected to be reached during the year. next year, which is very significant for the transformation towards electric and sustainable mobility.

Volkswagen ID.3 is the first model of this new generation of electric models from the popular automobile brand, which is white and is based on the group's MEB modular electric platform. It has dimensions similar to those of a Golf, with a length of 4.26 meters, 1.8 wide and 1.55 high. It will be available with three options regarding the size of its battery: 45kWh (with 330 kilometers of autonomy), 58 kWh (with 420 kilometers of autonomy) and 77 kWh (with 550 kilometers of autonomy). The simplest version will cost about 30,000 euros in Germany and can be purchased almost simultaneously in markets throughout Europe, by summer 2020.

This is the first time that Volkswagen will transform its entire factory to focus on electric mobility. In the final expansion phase, which will take place in 2021, six models from three brands of the group will be built in Zwickau, which by then expects to have 8,000 workers, specially trained for the production of electric cars, with the help of 1,700 robots. .

Sustainable project

It is expected that up to 100,000 electric vehicles will be produced next year and that this figure will reach 330,000 units annually from 2021, making this plant the largest in Europe. According to Volkswagen, the carbon footprint generated by the production of the car is neutral, that is, the inevitable emissions produced during the manufacturing process are offset by the investments made in the “Katingan Mataya Forest Protection” project in Borneo (Indonesia). It is a project that uses carbon revenues to ensure the restoration and protection of natural forests, through activities aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

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