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Volkswagen ID.3 rolls off the production line at Radical New Dresden Facility

Volkswagen ID.3 rolls off the production line at Dresden Facility

The Volkswagen Phaeton and the Bentley Flying Spur were made at VW’s state-of-the-art transparent factory in Dresden until 2016. This site will also now be the manufacturing facility for the all-electric VW ID.3. Volkswagen also plans to make Dresden a model City for Digitization and E-Mobility. The Volkswagen ID.3 has since gone on to become a best seller in the European market.


Transparent Plant at Dresden :

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The VW Transparent Factory in Dresden has started manufacturing their ID.3 battery electric vehicle. This will make it the second site to manufacture the Volkswagen ID.3. It will be the fourth site in the world to produce Volkswagen products based on the Modular Electric Drive Toolkit (MEB) platform.

Volkswagen Group CEO Herbert Diess says that the new ID.3 electric will be 40% cheaper to manufacture than the E-Golf.

The former “Center of Future Mobility” in Dresden will evolve into the “Home of the ID” in the years ahead. The main objective is to offer an integrated ID experience to its customers and visitors. Everything from road tests and manufacturing visits of ID.3 to handover of the brand new ID. vehicles will be part of the experience.

The development of technology and innovation continues to drive new solutions on a commercial level for use at Volkswagen’s production sites. It is an additional priority for strategic realignment.

“Volkswagen continues to pursue its electric offensive. In addition to new electric models, this also includes the transformation of the global production network. At Dresden, VW is already converting the fourth site to the new ID. Family and the MEB.

At the same time, we are ramping up volume production in the Zwickau electric car plant and our two Chinese MEB plants every week. In doing so, we reaffirm our ambitions to take on a role as global leaders in electric mobility.”

—Thomas Ulbrich, Member of the Board of Management for Electric Mobility at Volkswagen.

Volkswagen China | EV Production at Foshan & Anting :

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By late 2020, MEB production began at the Chinese sites in Foshan and Anting. In total, these two plants and the plants in Germany together have a max capacity of  900,000 vehicles per year.

The Chinese sites at Foshan and Anting began manufacturing the ID.4 CROZZ and ID.4 Electric X MEB models in late 2020. The facility at Anting is a purpose-built plant for pure EVs and Volkswagen’s first newly constructed MEB plant worldwide.

The Foshan plant will produce both traditional ICE models based on the MQB platform and pure electric MEB models on the same line. Within a span of just two years, both these plants were brought to series production. Each will have a maximum production rate of 300,000 units annually.

VW’s other sites for EV Manufacturing :

Sister brand Audi has also begun manufacturing the Audi E Tron GT at the Böllinger Höfe plant.

In addition to this, the ŠKODAs plant at Mladá Boleslav has also started the production of MEBs. The ŠKODA ENYAQ iV EVs will be produced at this site.

The next production sites at Emden, Hanover, and Chattanooga in the United States are also being prepared for MEB production. There is still a ramp-up phase for all the MEB plants. The whole production network will have a max capacity of  1 million EVs annually.

Volkswagen Group Components plants are positioning themselves for E mobility. For instance, the facility at Kassel delivers platform components and electric drives for the MEB architecture vehicles. The MEB battery system was developed and produced at locations in Foshan & Brunswick.

Over 600,000 VW MEB vehicles are predicted to have been bought by Ford Europe and over the coming years (nearly six years ), starting in 2023 will be built at Ford’s Electrification center in Cologne, Germany.

The key components of the rotor and stator electric motors as well as the Group-wide know-how for battery tech are procured and packaged in Salzgitter.  The Center of Excellence Battery Cell (CoE) is situated at Salzgitter.

Volkswagen ID.3 Specs :

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The Volkswagen ID.3 first broke cover as a concept car in 2016 at the Paris Motor show. The final product was not revealed until the Frankfurt Motor show in 2019. Volkswagen has received more than 30,000 reservations for its 1st edition model. Since going on sale, the Volkswagen ID.3 has gone to become the second best-selling vehicle in Europe by late 2020.

The top-spec (ID.3 Pro S) variant will feature a 77 kWh battery and a real word range of 341 miles. The Base (ID.3 Pure) Base (ID.3 Pure) Mid-spec (ID.3) Pro will come with 45 kWh, 58 kWh battery packs with a driving range of between 200 miles and 260 miles respectively.

VW ID.3 Variants

Images Courtesy of Volkswagen AG