Volkswagen ID Electric Car Production to Begin in a Year

Tesla and Nissan, the only two carmakers that today sell enough electric cars to be worth mentioning, are about the get some fierce competition starting a year from now, when perhaps the world’s largest auto group, Volkswagen, will be joining the segment with its full might.
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Although it already has some electric cars on the market, like the e-Golf, the Germans have failed until now to make a lasting impression on this emerging market. But judging by the wealth of plans announced in recent months, it’s now obvious that Volkswagen was only toying around with the others until now.

Of all the carmakers with electric cars planned for the future, VW’s strategy is perhaps the most ambitious. The group goes after an output of 1 million electric cars per year from 2025, a goal which in effect would dwarf any competition.

The bulk of these cars are to originate from the site where currently the Germans assemble the Golf: Zwickau. It is there when the company is creating “Europe’s top-performing electric car factory,” from where 330,000 EVs will roll off assembly lines starting the early years of the next decade.

And it will all start with the first electric car of the ID family. Volkswagen confirmed on Friday this model will begin rolling off assembly lines in November 2019, at first from a single production line and one year later on a second.

In all, the soon-to-be former home of the Golf will produce 1,500 vehicles per day, all of them electric.

But that’s not all Volkswagen has planned for the electric car market, and not only the Golf model will have to be relocated.

The plants in Emden and Hanover, where currently the Passat and Transporter are being made, will also be converted to support production of electric cars.

That’s because VW is betting on 50 new electric models, all based on its Modular Electrification Toolkit platform, or MEB, to be launched in the next decade across the group’s brands.
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About the author: Daniel Patrascu
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Daniel loves writing (or so he claims), and he uses this skill to offer readers a "behind the scenes" look at the automotive industry. He also enjoys talking about space exploration and robots, because in his view the only way forward for humanity is away from this planet, in metal bodies.
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