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Volkswagen’s electric offensive continues to gather speed: Series production of the brand’s first all-electric SUV, the ID.4, gets underway in Zwickau. The world premiere of the ID.4 follows at the end of September. Volkswagen is thus underscoring its ambition to become the world market leader in e-mobility. To this end, the Group is investing some €33 billion in the period to 2024, €11 billion of which have been earmarked for the Volkswagen brand. The brand expects to produce 1.5 million electric cars in 2025.

“With the ID.4, Volkswagen is adding an all-electric vehicle to its offering in the compact SUV class, the world’s largest growth segment”, Ralf Brandstätter, CEO of the Volkswagen brand, said. “Following the ID.3, this is already the second model based on the modular electric drive matrix (MEB). Going forward, the car will be built and sold in Europe, in China, and later also in the USA. That is how we are scaling the MEB platform globally and laying the economic foundations for the success of our ID. family.”
Board Member for E-mobility, Thomas Ulbrich, said: “We are right on schedule with the Volkswagen brand’s transformation process to e-mobility. The ID.3 is now being followed by the ID.4. Given the major societal challenges of recent months, the successful start of ID.4 series production is an exceptional achievement, so my appreciation and thanks go especially to the Volkswagen team in Saxony and all members of the ID team. The second model in the ID. family is already rolling off the assembly line where, only recently, ICEs were still being built.”
Note: Click here for the broadcast on the ID.4 start of production in Zwickau.

Zwickau plays a key role in the system changeover to e-mobility: For the first time, a large car manufacturing plant is being entirely converted to e-mobility, with investments running at some €1.2 billion. All conversion work will be completed as scheduled this year. In 2021, the first full production year as an EV factory, some 300,000 electric vehicles based on the modular electric drive matrix (MEB) will leave the Zwickau plant. The site will therefore become largest and most efficient EV factory in Europe and a trailblazer in the transformation of Volkswagen’s global production network. Preparations to roll out the electric SUV at international level are also in full swing. Pre-production of the ID.4 has already started at the Anting plant in China, the Chattanooga site will start the ID.4 production in 2022.

Volkswagen steps up electric offensive: Series production of ID.4 begins in Zwickau



Profile of Volkswagen’s first all-electric SUV.
The ID.4 is based on Volkswagen’s modular electric drive matrix (MEB). This is an all-electric platform that maximizes the opportunities offered by e-mobility. With its low drag coefficient of 0.28 and scalable battery system, the ID.4 can cover over 500 kilometers (to WLTP). The vehicle also offers plenty of interior space, and the powerful proportions lend an ultra-modern look to the exterior.
The SUV will initially be launched with rear-wheel drive, while an electric all-wheel drive version will be added a later date. The high-voltage battery is positioned in the sandwich-design underbody to create an optimum, low centre of gravity in terms of driving dynamics, along with an extremely well-balanced axle load distribution. Like all models based on the new modular electric drive matrix (MEB), the ID.4 will be very spacious thanks to its compact electric drive technology. The cockpit of the zero-emission SUV is clearly structured and consistently digitalized; operation is largely via touch surfaces and intuitive voice control.

Volkswagen steps up electric offensive: Series production of ID.4 begins in Zwickau

Volkswagen brand CEO Ralf Brandstätter finds out more about door assembly on the production line in Zwickau at the start of ID.4 series production.

Carbon-neutral production of the ID.4

For Volkswagen, the ID.4 and ID.3 are important milestones as the brand sets its course toward complete carbon neutrality by 2050 – aligned with the climate goals of the Paris Agreement. Like the ID.3, its sister model the ID.4 electric SUV sets new benchmarks in sustainability: Production in Saxony is carbon-neutral and the electric SUV will be handed over to customers with a carbon-neutral footprint. Green power is exclusively used in energy-intensive battery cell production for the ID.4.
Strong cluster for electric vehicles in German automotive manufacturing
With its resolute entry into e-mobility, Volkswagen is making an important contribution to climate protection and thereby creating long-term perspectives for some 100,000 employees at its German plants. Apart from manufacturing at the Zwickau factory, the Components plants in Brunswick, Kassel, Salzgitter and Wolfsburg are also involved in the production of electric vehicles. They manufacture key components such as the electric motors or the battery systems. The ID.3 will also be built at the Gläserne Manufaktur in Dresden from 2021. The car manufacturing plants in Emden and Hanover are scheduled to begin building electric vehicles from 2022.
 

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There won't be a shortage of ID.4s worldwide if their plan is to make them in Zwickau, China (2 locations) and Chattanooga.
 

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Are there any reasonable estimates of the number of ID.4s built per day currently?
 

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Zwickau capacity is 1,500/day.
 

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Thank you - does it seem likely it is operating at capacity yet?
 

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No telling. The capacity does include ID.3's.
 

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Zwickau capacity is 1,500/day.
At end of September 1 in 4 on the line were ID4. Mentioned was that by end of October with increased production, that 2 additional "partner" MEB platform users would also be assembled on the line, with an other 2 in November.
 

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Two days ago I saw a video were the plant manager was interviewed and he said they were making 600/day and hoped to be up to 800/day by the end of the year. He hoped to be at full capacity by the end of Q1.
 

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In one of my customer service calls last week, there was reference to a possible mid November first US ID.4 debut in NY. The US president did the launch from Brooklyn, so it could just be one or a small number of ID.4 (if it happens). Heck, they could just fly one over if the president wanted one in November. Some dealers have been saying December at the earliest for ID.4 demos (actually most are saying Q1, 2021).

They also mentioned that some or all of our "1st" might already be in production, or even already built, but that might not be right, especially because our reservation page specifically says we get the $400 email at the start of production of our specific ID.4. I hesitated to report because none of this sounds quite right (Or, maybe they just want to see what gets posted here :), but what the heck).
 

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My gut tells me that 1st Editions will be built before the email comes. They could be in storage awaiting final software, similar to the first run of ID.3's.

I've seen reports of orders in Netherlands, placed in the last week with builds scheduled next week.
 

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ID.4 production has officially begun in China


VW has started production of MEB-based EVs at its SAIC-operated plant in Anting near Shanghai with the production of the ID.4 X. The ID.4 Crozz, the counterpart of the other China joint venture with FAW, is to follow in a few weeks.

The ID.4 is produced in China by SAIC-VW and FAW-VW under different names. According to Gasgoo, the ID.4 X is the version of the electric SUV developed for SAIC-VW, while the ID.4 Crozz is the counterpart of FAW-VW. At a later date, the ID.3 will also roll off the production line at the Anting plant.

According to SAIC Volkswagen, the first ID.4 X that was built on 27 October, is vehicle number 23.000.001 to be produced by the joint venture. The company was founded in 1984 and has been an official joint venture since 1988.

With the start of production now completed, VW has met its own schedules. As early as November 2019, notably before the Corona crisis, it was announced that series production would start in October 2020 which the carmaker has now managed.

Anting is a purely electric car plant where only MEB vehicles are built. The foundation stone for the plant was laid by SAIC-VW in October 2018. Pre-production had already started in Anting in November 2019, at that time it was still called “with an ID specially designed for the Chinese market. Model of the Volkswagen brand”. The plant in Anting is designed for up to 300,000 vehicles per year, with a total investment of 17 billion yuan (2.15 billion euros).

The ID.4 is scheduled for launch in China in spring 2021. Shortly after Anting, production of the ID.4 Crozz is to start in Foshan (but here with FAW). In the EU, the first units are to be delivered in December 2020, with series production in Zwickau starting in August.

Even before the world premiere of the ID.4 in September, VW brand boss Ralf Brandstätter had already emphasised that the ID.4 was designed as a world car, but that it would come to the respective markets with a few “country-specific adaptations”. “However, the common ground is also present in all core markets with ID.4,” said Brandstätter. “Customers want strong technology, high range, rapid charging times.”

VW has big goals with the ID.4: the German carmaker wants to sell 1.5 million electric cars by 2025. Of these, 500,000 are to be ID.4 – in other words, the ‘Electric Tiguan’ is to account for a third of all MEB sales.
 
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