VW has started the employee fleet for the ID.3 at the vehicle plant in Zwickau, Germany. The first electric cars have now been handed over to test drivers from Zwickau for a stress test in everyday life. In terms of software, however, the test vehicles do not yet correspond to the targeted series status.
One hundred fifty employees at three locations in Saxony are testing the vehicles under real conditions; the developers then want to be able to evaluate anonymous data on the usage and driving behaviour of the ID.3. VW speaks of “additional quality assurance of the ID.3 before market launch”.
The vehicles are to be delivered in several stages to the selected employees in Chemnitz, Dresden and Zwickau within the coming weeks. The employees had volunteered for the test and were randomly chosen with a lucky draw. The photo published by Volkswagen shows 33 ID.3 that were handed over to employees.
“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 optimisation”, Thomas Ulbrich, Volkswagen Brand Board Member for E-mobility, said. “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, and it is also actively assisting in the further development of the technology and electric cars.”
Volkswagen says the vehicles will not yet have the final planned software version when they are delivered and will receive regular updates during the test period. Even the first customer vehicles that are to be delivered in September will not yet have two functions – the smartphone connection App-Connect and the remote area of the head-up display in the Max equipment. According to earlier announcements from VW, other functions will not be available at the start and will be added later via updates, such as the automatic parking system.
VW also says that production of the ID.4 is to start in Zwickau this year. For the first e-SUV based on MEB, the first pictures of the series version appeared in China last week.