E-Golf makes way for ID.3
Production to switch at Transparent Factory
The e-Golf is dead today, but that means Volkswagen‘s foray into compact electric hatchbacks is just starting to get fired up. Out with the old and in with the new as the production line will soon switch over to production of the ID.3 at VW’s Transparent Factory.
With 50,401 Volkswagen e-Golf models rolling out of the Dresden factory since March of 2017 (alongside the production of the car in Wolfsburg that ran from 2014 until last summer), a total of 145,561 versions of the up to 35.8 kWh battery-equipped electric hatch were built in Germany helping to make it one of the highest production electric cars and a top seller for EVs in Europe.
Now the Transparent Factory in Dresden, meant to showcase the building of flagship and now electric vehicles, will close for three weeks as it switches over to ready for the Volkswagen ID.3. Production of that model is set to start by the end of next month.
That will include the base version of the ID.3, the one that will start under 30,000 euros before subsidies, which will be available to order early next year. While the e-Golf shared architecture and bodywork with the standard gas and diesel Golf, the ID.3 will be built on Volkswagen’s new EV-only MEB platform. More than 28,000 ID.3 cars have already been built at other VW facilities in Europe.
“After Zwickau, we are the second location in Europe to manufacture vehicles based on the new modular e-drive system. Volkswagen is thus underlining the importance of the Saxon plants in the group-wide E-offensive,” said factory head Danny Auerswald.