The VW ID.3 electric hatchback is not even in dealerships yet and the automaker is already announcing a second manufacturing facility.
In addition to the Zwickau plant, the ID.3 will also be made at Dresden’s iconic Gläserne Manufaktur, a.k.a. the Transparent Factory. The announcement ends the uncertainty regarding the plant’s future following the discontinuation of the Phaeton in March 2016 and the temporary assembly of the e-Golf there.
VW says the Gläserne Manufaktur will evolve into a Center of Future Mobility where “innovative technologies are developed and tested in collaboration with industry partners and startups.” The company will also intensify efforts to pursue new areas of business such as the function testing station.
In addition, its vehicle collection is to be significantly expanded, with the location set to become even more attractive as a destination for visitors and customers.
“The decision to bring the ID. family to Dresden lays a solid foundation for the future of this location in Saxony. Employment levels remain stable. And at the same time, we are stepping up the pace for e-mobility. We need the Manufaktur as an important showcase to take our customers on board for e-mobility and digitalization,” said Gunnar Killian, Volkswagen AG Board Member for Human Resources.
VW did not talk numbers, but given its many roles it has to fulfill simultaneously, the Dresden factory is expected to have a smaller production capacity than Zwickau.
According to Jens Rothe, Chairman of the General Works Council at Volkswagen Sachsen, the team in Dresden is “extremely well prepared for the future of e-mobility and well equipped for our ID. family” given its experience with the e-Golf.
While the Zwickau plant started series production of the VW ID.3 two weeks ago, assembly of the EV will start in Dresden in fall 2020. Later on, the plant could possibly assemble other models from the ID family as well.