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Volkswagen delays release of ID.3 electric car due to software problems

06/11/2020 - 10:19

Volkswagen has announced that it will postpone the delivery of its flagship ID.3 electric car to customers until September due to software problems.

Alexander Migl
Alexander Migl
The company will begin to take pre-orders for the first 30,000 electric vehicles from June 17, but deliveries of the early version of the electric vehicle without a number of characteristics will only begin in September. Version ID.3 with a full package of options will not be available until the end of the year.

Volkswagen had to postpone its sales for the second time; for the first time the delay was caused by the novel coronavirus pandemic.

The ability to connect to the Internet provides that the owners of an electric car will be able to update its systems on their own, without the need to contact a dealership. This opportunity is already provided by Tesla. Meanwhile, Volkswagen engineers responsible for the software at the moment were not able to establish an uninterrupted connection of the electric vehicle to applications based on cloud services, which the company is developing together with Microsoft.

“Working in the midst of a difficult pandemic in the last few months has been a significant challenge for the entire ID.3 team. This makes ID.3's upcoming entry into the market even more important,” said Thomas Ulbrich, Volkswagen Board Member, responsible for developing electric vehicles.

ID.3 was conceived as an alternative to Tesla electric cars in the mass market. The company expects ID.3 to become as popular in the mass market as the legendary Beetle model and Golf cars.