‘Workshops’ at a car launch can put you right at the centre of a new vehicle with engineers and designers going to great lengths to explain the inner workings.
Some can be enlightening; some can be numbingly boring. I’m looking forward to an enlightening few sessions about the new electric Volkswagen ID.3 mid-month at Weston aerodrome, where the importers will have a model on display. Making it all the more pertinent is the start this week of series production of the ID.3 after the first of the new generation of EVs rolled off the assembly line.
The Volkswagen group plans to sell around 22 million EVs by 2028. Its manufacturing plant at Zwickau, Germany, marks the first time such a large plant is being completely converted to e-mobility (€1.2bn to do so).
It is expected to make around 100,000 EVs next year, followed by as many as 330,000 after that.