Volkswagen's Future Begins November 4th, Will Have to Wait in U.S.

volkswagens future begins november 4th will have to wait in u s

If you’re really, really into the vehicle assembly process and electric vehicles as a whole, Nov. 4th is a date to set aside on your calendar. You’ll probably want to plunk yourself down in front of a live-streamed broadcast showing the start of Volkswagen ID. 3 production at the automaker’s Zwickau, Germany assembly plant. Chancellor Angela Merkel will be on hand, if that spices things up.

Unveiled last month in Frankfurt, the ID.3’s job is to kick off an ambitious product offensive that will see a torrent of ID-badged EVs unleashed on global markets over the coming years.

Sadly for tech and environmental aficionados, the single-motor, rear-drive ID.3 hatchback is not destined for U.S. shores; the MEB platform vehicle is instead reserved for markets like Europe, offering buyers a range of up to 341 miles (on the WLTP cycle) for a starting price of roughly $33,000. Three battery sizes will be on offer.

According to manufacturing plans seen by Reuters (via CNBC), Volkswagen’s plan is to unseat Tesla as the world’s largest builder of electric vehicles, with production hitting 1 million annually by the end of 2022. Two assembly plants reportedly tapped for China will initially build the majority of these vehicles, though the U.S. gets in on the game before too long.

The automaker’s Chattanooga facility will become home to the ID.4, formerly known as the ID Crozz ⁠— a compact electric crossover that should appear in production form early next year before going on sale in late 2020. Following on its heels is a production version of the ID Buzz, a reborn microbus.

Speaking to Roadshow, Volkswagen of America CEO Scott Keogh claimed the ID.4 will slightly undercut the Tiguan in size and start around $33,000. Thanks to an underfloor battery and no internal combustion engine, it’s interior volume will outrank the larger, gas-powered vehicle, Kaogh claims. Plant upgrades take time, so the ID. 4 will make the journey from Europe for the first couple of years, with Chattanooga’s $800 million upgrade bearing electric fruit thereafter.

The Buzz, or whatever name VW decides to bestow on it, will likely hail from Europe. Expect to see it launch in 2022.

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  • Mike Beranek Mike Beranek on Oct 31, 2019

    I would buy the ID3 if they sold it here. Unlike many, I've had good luck with VW products, and I think this is the best EV to date.

  • RHD RHD on Oct 31, 2019

    When they offer an ID-19, I'll give it some serious consideration.

  • 285exp I am quite sure that it is a complete coincidence that they have announced a $7k price increase the same week that the current administration has passed legislation extending the $7k tax credit that was set to expire. Yep, not at all related.
  • Syke Is it possible to switch the pure EV drive on and off? Given the wonderful throttle response of an EV, I could see the desirability of this for a serious off-roader. Run straight ICE to get to your off-roading site, switch over the EV drive during the off-road section, then back to ICE for the road trip back home.
  • ToolGuy Historical Perspective Moment:• First-gen Bronco debuted in MY1966• OJ Simpson Bronco chase was in 1994• 1966 to 1994 = 28 years• 1994 to now = 28 yearsFeel old yet?
  • Ronnie Schreiber From where is all that electricity needed to power an EV transportation system going to come? Ironically, the only EV evangelist that I know of who even mentions the fragile nature of our electrical grid is Elon Musk. None of the politicians pushing EVs go anywhere near it, well, unless they are advocating for unreliable renewables like wind and solar.
  • FreedMike I just don’t see the market here - I think about 1.2% of Jeep drivers are going to be sold on the fuel cost savings here. And the fuel cost savings are pretty minimal, per the EPA: https://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/PowerSearch.do?action=noform&path=1&year1=2022&year2=2022&make=Jeep&baseModel=Wrangler&srchtyp=ymm&pageno=1&rowLimit=50Annual fuel costs for this vehicle are $2200 and $2750 for the equivalent base turbo-four model. I don’t get it.
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