Following VW’s decision to build the first ID.3 electric car in Zwickau, nearby Dresden has been selected as the next assembly location in Germany. The first electric vehicles based on the MEB platform will roll out of the so-called Transparent Factory in autumn 2020.
Volkswagen also said that the Dresden facility might be of use in producing other electric car models in the ID. Family at a later date. More so, the brand wants to evolve the “Gläserne Manufaktur” into a “Center of Future Mobility” to test new technologies together with industry partners and start-ups, details the press release.
At the same time, the Dresden location underscores the company’s commitment to Saxony as well as electric vehicles with VW saying that employment will remain stable. VW had remodelled the plant previously to host the new e-Golf production which will now be replaced by the ID.3.
Different from the other plant in the state, Zwickau, Dresden has the advantage of being literally transparent and public-facing. “We need the Manufaktur as an important showcase to take our customers on board for e-mobility and digitalisation,” underscores Group Board Member, Gunnar Kilian, accordingly. He here refers to Volkswagen just having increased its e-mobility spending to 33 billion euros throughout 2024.
For the Gläserne Manufaktur, there are also plans to further stabilise the business in the fields of vehicle collection, insourcing and testing, especially as the Dresden location forms the border tripoint of Poland, the Czech Republic and Germany. Currently, about 380 employees hand over 1,300 vehicles per year. This number is to be “significantly increased,” says VW but without giving any further details.
Series production of the ID.3 in Zwickau began exactly two weeks ago. The plant is to become the largest electric car plant in Europe and lead VW’s e-mobility transformation here.
The Group plans to launch up to 75 all-electric models and 60 hybrid vehicles through 2029 with the new sales target now standing at 26 million electric cars by 2029.
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