Volkswagen looks like they will just make their deadline of the end of summer for deliveries of the new flagship ID.3 Electric Car. The clients taking the first wave of shipments will have to wait months for all the functionality, though.
September’s launch will be missing two main functions that will need to install via an update. The first is app connectivity from your smartphone. The second, the long-distance view on the heads up display. These updates will launch in early 2021.
Volkswagen is feeling the pressure as never before have they launched a version of a car that is not complete. This conflict with the updates has cost the CEO Herbert Diess direct control of the brand.
Ralf Brandstaetter is now in charge of the division, which is the most significant division in the company. The successful launch of ID.3 is critical to the companies commitment to releasing products with stricter emissions rules in Europe. This launch will also signify the most significant push to get electric cars off the ground and running.
Following the launch of the ID.3, you will see its sibling in the SUV form that will be named the ID.4. We should have more information later this year. Volkswagen will add two large electric factories in China that can turn out more cars in a year than Tesla sold in 2019.
The board at VW stripped Diess of his role after he accused board members of leaking confidential information to the media. Diess has since apologized for the comments made. The former CEO had been under pressure after the blame fell on him for the delays and electronic issues that have been plaguing the Golf Hatchback.
Volkswagen plans on investing 33 billion Euros across all 12 of its brands by 2024 in hopes of becoming the world’s largest electric car maker. The investment will include 11 billion Euros for the VW brand alone.