For selected employees at Volkswagen Sachsen, the e-mobility of tomorrow begins today: They will be testing the all-electric Volkswagen ID.3 for everyday usability over a period of several weeks – before delivery officially starts in early September.
A total of 150 ID.3 built in Zwickau have been reserved for employees at the three plants in Saxony for everyday testing under real conditions to analyze anonymized data on the usage and driving behavior of the ID.3. Over the coming months, this will provide Volkswagen with a steady stream of additional information from hundreds of thousands of kilometers travelled.
“The comprehensive driving profiles in the run-up to the European market launch of the ID.3 are extremely valuable to us and open up further potential for optimization,” said Thomas Ulbrich, Volkswagen Brand Board Member for E-mobility. “Added to this is the very personal feedback from our employees. That means our team in Zwickau is not only building the ID.3 to the highest quality standards, it is also actively assisting in the further development of the technology and electric cars.”
Volkswagen is setting benchmarks with the ID.3: It is the world’s first car to be produced and delivered with a neutral CO2 balance. The new electric car offers dynamic driving characteristics, long ranges and plenty of interior space. With the ID.3, Volkswagen is making e-mobility affordable for millions of people: In terms of total cost of ownership and depending on the model variant, acquisition and operating expenses for the ID.3 are on the same level as a comparable internal combustion engine model.
The ID.3 fleet from Saxony consists of 150 vehicles that will be made available to Volkswagen employees at the Zwickau, Chemnitz and Dresden plants in several waves over the coming weeks. A lucky draw was held to select the voluntary testers. The test vehicles are not yet equipped with the designated final software status and will be receiving regular updates during the test phase.
“I’m really happy to be one of the first to test our new product on the road. I’m sure the ID.3 will be a real eyecatcher,” said vehicle plant employee Robert Zergiebel.