Auf Wiedersehen: VW e-Golf exits production, hands over the baton to ID.3

The last VW e-Golf rolled off the production line at the Gläserne Manufaktur (Transparent Factory) in Dresden, Germany today. The electric car was manufactured at the Volkswagen plant in Wolfsburg, Germany as well, until summer this year.

Volkswagen launched the e-Golf in 2014, initially making it in Wolfsburg. It was in March 2017 when it started producing it in Dresden, to meet the high demand. In all, the company produced 1,45,561 units in a period of more than seven years. The Dresden facility rolled out 50,401 of these units.

Video Source: Glaeserne Manufaktur

With the VW e-Golf phased out, the Transparent Factory in Dresden will serve as another production site for the VW ID.3, from the end of January 2021. Volkswagen plans to reconstruct the production area of the plant for three weeks before it starts building the ID.3. It will be shifting focus to the ID brand to meet its internal electric car targets (1.5 million electric cars annually by 2025) and the ID.3 is viewed as the Electric Golf’s successor.

The VW ID.3 may have had a bumpy start because of the software glitches and COVID-19, but it’s set to become a top-selling EV in Europe next year, thanks to a new basic version costing less than EUR 30,000. Since the launch in September, Volkswagen has delivered 28,000 units of the ID.3 to customers in Europe.

The VW e-Golf was introduced in 2014 and received a facelift in 2017, and packs a 35.8 kWh battery that powers a 100 kW (136 PS)/290 Nm electric motor with a range of up to 300 km per charge (WLTP). The battery can be charged to 80 per cent in 45 minutes with a 40 kW DC charger and comes with a 8 years/160,000 km warranty. A full charge with a regular 3.6 kW charger takes 10 hours and 50 minutes. The car can go from 0 to 100 km/h in 9.6 seconds and has an electronically limited top speed of 150 km/h.

The ID.3 launch edition is superior in all respects, as it develops a much higher 150 kW and 320 Nm, with a range of 420 kilometers (WLTP) powered by a 58 kWh battery pack. Also on offer is a smaller battery option (45 kWh) and a range of up to 330 kilometers as well as a bigger battery (77 kWh) with 550 kilometers. At a charging output of 100 kW it is possible to recharge the ID.3 to cover a range of 290 km within 30 minutes.

Standard features on the e-Golf include 16-inch alloy wheels (“Astana”), LED headlights, LED daytime running lights, LED tail lights, 9.2-inch Discover Pro flagship infotainment system, Air Care Climatronic two-zone automatic air conditioning system and heated windscreen. Optional features include Active Info Display that instructs the driver to ease off the accelerator pedal whenever it feels there’s no need for additional power and a heat pump that optimises the car’s range in cold weather conditions by up to 30 per cent.

VW’s first electric car for India is the ID.4 which is expected to sail here in 2022.