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Published on June 23rd, 2020 | by Steve Hanley


Volkswagen Employees Begin ID.3 Real World Driving Trial, Hands-On Experience At Glass Factory

June 23rd, 2020 by  

A select few Volkswagen employees will soon start using a fleet of 150 ID.3 electric automobiles as their primary automobile for their daily driving needs. It’s all part of a plan to make certain the cars perform as intended out in the real world and to catch any last minute issues that need to be addressed before deliveries to customers begin in early September.

Volkswagen ID.3 test fleet

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Over the coming months, data from the cars in the test fleet will provide the company with feedback about the performance of the cars from hundreds of thousands of miles of driving in normal use. Volkswagen board member Thomas Ulbrich explains, “The comprehensive driving profiles in the run-up to the European market launch of the ID.3 are extremely valuable to us and open up further potential for optimization. Added to this is the very personal feedback from our employees. That means our team in Zwickau is not only building the ID.3 to the highest quality standards, it is also actively assisting in the further development of the technology and electric cars.”

VW workers from the factories in Zwickau, Chamnitz, and Dresden were chosen by lottery for the pre-release driving test. One of the lucky few is Carolina Pfeiffer, who works at the iconic Glass Factory in Dresden. She says, “I’ve always been a car enthusiast and curious to find out more about new models. As a frequent driver I’m excited to see how the ID.3 measures up in everyday scenarios — from space and range to digital services.”

Hands-On Customer Experience In Dresden

Volkswagen Glass Factory tour

Image credit: Volkswagen

Volkswagen’s Gläserne Manufaktur, or Glass Factory, currently makes the e-Golf, the electric car that will be superseded in the company’s product lineup by the ID.3. It is scheduled to switch over to production of the ID.3 soon. Since 2019, e-Golf customers have been able to watch their cars being built and take delivery right at the factory. Now they can help build it as well.

As part of a special factory tour, they will be allowed to participate in building their e-Golf at up to 5 locations along the production line. Jens Schlender, head of production in Dresden says, “Following the success of our production support for customers, we are now giving visitors the opportunity to experience electromobility up close and personal — and to put it to work themselves. This experience is something very special in the automotive world.” Regular visitors will be able to take part as well in the special factory tour, which costs €210.

Along the way, they will be part of the process where the battery is “married” to the chassis, help install tail lights, or affix the Volkswagen and ID.3 logos to the finished car, all under the watchful eye of trained factory personnel. Those who would like to sign up for the tour can use this link


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