- The all-new Volkswagen ID.3 is having software troubles;
- These major issues could threaten the launch of Volkswagen’s all-electric hatch;
- 10,000 technicians are currently working on fixing the issues.
News from Wolfsburg are not good. Indeed, Volkswagen is struggling with several software issues regarding its electric vehicle, the ID.3. Even if the compact is not intended for the North American market, there is cause for concern for the rest of the story, since Volkswagen intends to soon unveil the ID.4 in North America.
Let’s remember that the ID.4 will rather take the form of a compact – and electric – crossover, like what the Tiguan currently offers. The software troubles would even force Volkswagen to delay the launch of the ID.3, a delay that could stretch for another year, according to an article in the German publication Manager Magazin.
Also, according to the magazine, the problems encountered in the car software would be caused by hasty development, according to a source within Volkswagen. As of this writing, test drivers have recorded up to 300 errors per day. To settle this major problem just weeks before commercialization, the manufacturer relies on no less than 10,000 technicians.
For its part, Automotive News Europe said it had spoken with a spokesperson of the German brand who confirmed that the timetable had not changed with the car expected to arrive on European roads during the summer.
This will have to be monitored closely, as these delays could be transposed into the timetable planned for the ID.4 and the other planned electric models. The Volkswagen Group has already announced plans to bring 27 new electric vehicles to its many brands around the world. It remains to be seen whether the software in question will delay the whole process.