The Volkswagen ID.3 electric car resumed production on 23 April, following several weeks of the company's Zwickau factory in Saxony, eastern Germany, being closed due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Production is set to ramp up gradually, with additional measures to protect the health and safety of workers being implemented. Volkswagen also says the restart has been orientated to "the gradual stabilisation of international supply chains".
“We all have a historic task to accomplish. That task is to protect the health of our employees – and at the same time get business back on track responsibly”, said Thomas Ulbrich, board member for e-mobility and spokesperson for the management board of Volkswagen Saxony.
Initial production volume will be 50 cars per day – around one-third of the factory's maximum capacity. Measures being adopted to protect employees rules on distance and hygiene, mandatory wearing of mouth and nose protection in areas where minimum distances aren't possible, shorter cleaning intervals, the staggering of shifts and employees being asked to take their temperature before starting the work day.
Jens Rothe, chairman of the works council at Volkswagen Saxony, said: “We have reached agreement with the company on new measures to protect employees. We will not be taking any risks, the health of employees has absolute priority – even if it means producing fewer cars."
All Volkswagen ID3 related discussions