According to industry analyst Matthias Schmidt, Volkswagen is currently running a single morning shift producing around 30 cars per day.
It will gradually increase over the ramp-up phase to not encounter any setback along the way, towards up to 800 cars per day using one production line over three shifts from Spring 2020.
"The ID 3 is a car we will bring to the volume, [to] take e-mobility out of the niche," said Thomas Ulbrich, board member for e-mobility at the Volkswagen brand. "It's really the starting point of a system change from ICE (internal-combustion engines) to BEV (battery-electric vehicles) that is, let's say, mainly the base for our commitment starting to strive for a CO2-neutral future in the automotive industry."
From 2021, up to 330,000 EVs will leave the assembly line at the Zwickau plant each year!
Enabling the ID 3's launch, Volkswagen is converting its Zwickau manufacturing facility into a dedicated electric-vehicle plant, the world's largest of its kind. Around 1.2 billion euros ($1.3 billion) and two years' worth of work has been invested in the historic facility to move this transformation forward.
Even though the ID 3 has entered production, internal combustion-powered vehicles is are still being made in Zwickau. This will change over the next couple years as the automaker completes its transformation of the plant. Once finished, it will have the capacity to build around 330,000 EVs annually, with daily production actually increasing from 1,350 units to 1,500.