- Production of the Volkswagen ID.3 began in November.
- More than 20,000 units will need manual upgrades.
- Once these cars are “fixed”, OTA updates will be possible.
- Also, trim and power outputs shared with pre-orderers via email.
This issue sounds very familiar – if you recall, the all-new MK8 Volkswagen Golf suffered similar bugs earlier this year, delaying its launch for several months. This time around, the issue is apparently so massive that ID.3 production will continue with the software problems only to see the cars be parked and “fixed” next spring.
The first 10,000 will be parked on a rented lot and be addressed in the spring. The other 10,000 will be updated sometime starting in mid-May. Initially, deliveries of the hotly anticipated Volkswagen ID.3 were planned for next summer in many European market however this issue seems like quite the obstacle to meeting this goal.
Meanwhile, in an email to Scandinavian pre-orderers, Volkswagen has indicated that there will be up to four drive options for the new ID.3 instead of the original three. The best way to identify them is through the trims.
The ID.3 Pure will feature a 110 kW motor, a 48 kWh battery, and up to 330 km of WLTP range. The mid-range ID.3 Pro will start with a 62 kWh battery, a 420 km range and a 110 kW motor with an optional Pro Power iteration with the 150 kWh electric motor. Finally, the ID.3 Pro S will include the 150 kW motor, a 82 kWh battery, and up to 5500 km of WLTP range.
This part of the news story also reveals that indicated pricing for the various ID.3 trims is far greater than initially announced. It is difficult to know if this is a regional snafu or if this is a sign of things to come for all markets earmarked for the Volkswagen ID.3.