As things stand at present, VW will take advance orders for the ID. “in the first half of 2019”. As yet, nothing has been said about the size of the down payment required. Meanwhile, more than 30 CEOs of VWs most important suppliers recently came to Wolfsburg for the “MEB Supplier Event”.
The ID. is Volkswagen’s first purely electric volume model based on the MEB platform and said to hit the market in 2020. According to information from Automobil Produktion, there will be an advance pre-ordering procedure starting in the first half of the year, which is about a year before the actual start of sales. While capital can already be generated from their advance payments, it will probably be more important for Volkswagen to get first insights into the actual demand for their electric vehicle.
The ID. is scheduled for manufacture at the end of 2019 in Zwickau, Saxony. According to Thomas Ulbrich, from Volkswagen’s board of management for e-mobility, the ID. marks the dawn of a new era for Volkswagen – “comparable to the first Beetle or the first Golf”. Ulbrich made the statement at the recent MEB Supplier Event, where representatives of suppliers were invited to discuss preparations for the ID. with Group CEO Herbert Diess. According to the Wolfsburg-based company, top suppliers have been integrated much earlier and more intensively into the conception and development of the vehicle.
From 2019 to 2023, the Volkswagen brand alone intends to invest more than eleven billion euros in e-mobility, digitization, autonomous driving and mobility services. More than nine billion euros of this will be invested in their electrification offensive.
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