Volkswagen starting countdown to first electric I.D. production car in 2019

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Words: Robert Barry   |   Photos Volkswagen Media
4 Dec 2017

Volkswagen says it’s first compact all-electric I.D. production car will roll off the line at the Zwickau plant in Saxony from the end of 2019.

It is the first such vehicle based on the new VW modular electric drive kit (MEB).

Volkswagen says the largest product and technology offensive in the history of the brand is now taking shape.

More than 100 weeks ahead of the planned start of production of the first model in the I.D. family, the Volkswagen management board agreed on milestones in the run-up to production with key suppliers at an MEB supplier summit.

Together with his management board colleagues and senior management of key suppliers, VW chief executive officer Dr. Herbert Diess, signed a partnership agreement to ensure a smooth start to production.

In the space of five years, the Volkswagen Group brands are to launch a total of 32 models based on the new platform throughout the world.

"We are determined to take the lead. The Volkswagen brand alone will be offering more than 20 all-electric models by 2022 and will be investing about 6 billion Euros in e-mobility over the next five years," says Diess.

"To date, more than 100 suppliers have already been nominated within the framework of our electric offensive. We are involving top suppliers in development work on the I.D. project considerably more intensively and at a significantly earlier stage," says the management board member overseeing procurement Ralf Brandstätter.

“In 2020, more than 100,000 Volkswagen vehicles are to be built on the MEB platform, says Christian Senger, vice president e-Mobility production line.

"We have significantly reduced the complexity of the I.D. project and shortened the product creation process by 11 months. The new vehicle architecture, autonomous driving and the topics of networking and services will call for a working model involving close networking with all partners and suppliers,” he says.

The Volkswagen I.D., I.D. BUZZ and I.D. CROZZ are part of the start-up formation which Volkswagen is introducing at short intervals from 2020 onwards to launch its electric offensive. The new vehicle generation is to be launched in Europe, China and the USA.

 

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