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With Masks And Distancing, Volkswagen Restarts Production Of Its Upcoming ID.3 Electric Cars




German automaker Volkswagen restarts the production of its upcoming ID.3 electric compact at its plant in Zwickau, Germany.

Volkswagen plans to launch the ID.3 electric later this year.


Two employees of Volkswagen work with face masks as the German automaker restarts production of its upcoming ID.3 in the vehicle plant in Zwickau, Germany.

The Volkswagen plant in Zwickau, Germany, is gradually restarting production of electric cars.

Production of the all-electric ID.3 crossover resumed on Thursday, initially with reduced capacity and significantly slower cycle times.

Numerous additional measures to protect the health of the workforce are being implemented, and the restart is also oriented to the gradual stabilization of international supply chains.

Thomas Ulbrich, Volkswagen Brand Board Member for E-Mobility and Speaker of the Management Board of Volkswagen Sachsen, said :

“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”,

According to Ulbrich, the present challenging situation calls for new priorities:

“At Volkswagen, health takes precedence over speed. That is why the primary concern at the moment is not how many cars can be built per day.

What is more important is that the e-mobility transformation process already underway begins gathering pace again today. The ID.3 is one of the key vehicle projects for Volkswagen.”


In the first ramp-up phase, 50 of the ID.3 electric cars will be produced per day in Zwickau at reduced speed, corresponding to approximately one third of the production volume prior to the corona pandemic.

Volkswagen aims to sell the car for prices starting below 30,000 euros ($32,400).

Zwickau is Volkswagen’s first vehicle plant in Germany to cautiously resume production following the stoppage that began in mid-March.

Some units at components plants have already recommenced the supply of parts, accompanied by appropriate protective measures. Production has also already resumed at almost all Volkswagen plants in China.

The Chemnitz engine plant on Thursday, April 23, also began gradually ramping up production.

This will be followed by the phased resumption of Golf Variant production at Zwickau on Monday, April 27.

On the same day, the Gläserne Manufaktur Dresden will recommence production of the e-Golf at reduced capacity. Customers have been able to collect their new cars in Dresden since April 20.

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