100 weeks does sound like a long time from now, but in two years, VW is going to start production of its first electric I.D. model. The first model based off its new modular electric drive (MEB) platform will be the compact I.D. hatchback.
The electric hatchback will roll off the production line at VW’s Zwickau plant in Saxony at the end of 2019.
“Our preparations for entry to the new era of affordable e-mobility are well underway. In this unique industrial project, we intend to work together to ensure that Europe is ahead in the global race to the lead in e-mobility,” said Dr. Herbert Diess, the CEO of the Volkswagen brand. “Zwickau will therefore be developing into the largest European e-mobility center. This will enable us to write a new chapter in the history of the automobile.
Within the next five years, the VW Group plans to launch 32 models based on the new electric platform, with 20 of them being sold under the VW brand alone. By 2020 more than 100,000 MEB based vehicles will have been produced.
“We have significantly reduced the complexity of the I.D. project and shortened the product creation process by 11 months,” stated Christian Senger, Vice President Product Line e-Mobility. “The new vehicle architecture, autonomous driving and the topics of networking and services will call for a working model involving close networking with all partners and suppliers. The plan for the product has been set out and we will now devote all our energy to implementing it together.”
Last week VW announced that the first I.D. based model to arrive in the U.S. will be a production version of the I.D. Crozz crossover concept. The electric crossover will arrive in 2020.