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September 9th, 2019 by Zachary Shahan

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Re: Electric Vehicles
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September 23rd, 2019 by Steve Hanley

Breaking: 1st Chinese Tesla Model 3s Are Rolling Down Gigafactory 3 Assembly Line
According to Interesting Engineering, the leaked photo was attributed to Weibo user 常岩, who is the chief auto editor of Tencent Auto. Tencent is a giant Chinese tech firm that owns approximately 5% of Tesla.

https://cleantechnica.com/2019/09/23/breaking-1st-chinese-tesla-model-3s-are-rolling-down-gigafactory-3-assembly-line/

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Greta ✨ Thunberg Rides a Tesla ⚡ Model 3 🌞
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How Strong Is The Tesla Model 3 Roof??? This Accident Helps To Show Us

September 30th, 2019 by Johnna Crider

How strong is the Model 3 glass roof? Tesla owner Bernie Daigle discovered the answer to this when he tried to avoid a collision with another car that, as you can see in the video below, pulled out in front of him. He managed to avoid the collision with the car, but his Model 3 wound up being put to the ultimate test.

The video shows Daigle just driving down the street in his Model 3 when a car pulls out in front of him. He swerved to the right and crashed into a street sign. The pole fell onto the Model 3 — right onto the glass roof. 👀


One would think that not only would the beautiful roof be destroyed, but that the pole would have fallen right through to hurt the driver and two-year-old passenger. It didn’t. A popular Tesla vlogger from Atlanta, LikeTeslaKim, posted the tweet below asking a very important question: “How strong is a Model3 roof?”

She also pointed out that Daigle and his young child walked away unharmed. Can you imagine — having something as heavy as a street sign pole crash into the roof of your car, and then walking away unharmed?

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How strong is a Model 3 roof? Fellow @Tesla driver Bernie Daigle found out today. The car protected him & his 2 year old who walked away unharmed.
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— LikeTesla (@LikeTeslaKim) September 29, 2019

The Tesla Model 3 has won numerous safety awards. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) gave the Model 3 a 5-star rating in 2018. Technically, the Model 3 got the highest rating in history, setting a new record previously set by the Tesla Model S. It also recently got the Top Safety Pick+ award from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety. In Australia, the ANCAP also gave the Model 3 a 5-star safety rating and a perfect score on three out of four of its individual tests.

In Spain, a traffic camera caught an accident with a Tesla Model S and another car. Both were going around 40–50 miles an hour. The driver of the Model S walked away while the other driver did not.


Earlier in 2019, Iceman W uploaded a 3-minute clip of an accident between a Tesla Model 3 and Mack truck. His wife was the driver of the Model 3. She was yielding for an ambulance with its lights and sirens on when the truck rammed into her from behind. Iceman says in the video description that his wife was lucky enough to walk away without any major injuries and that the Model 3 did a really good job of protecting her as much as possible.


Also in 2019, CCTV posted a video on YouTube showing surveillance the moment that a white Tesla ran a red light and crashed into an Infiniti SUV. The people in the SUV were seriously injured and the owner of the Tesla turned himself into police on three counts of reckless driving. The Tesla was driving about 128 miles per hour two seconds before the crash and slowed down to 93 miles per hour at the time of the impact. Autopilot wasn’t engaged. This video shows that, in my opinion, one wouldn’t want to get into an accident with a Tesla. (Or get into an accident at all, actually).

The point in highlighting these accidents is to show you that Teslas are among — or are — the safest cars out there. Yes, the other parties are oftentimes injured in these serious crashes while the Tesla driver is unharmed. Accidents are a sad, yet a common occurrence. Hopefully, as Tesla continues to lead in safety as well as tech, accidents will become fewer over time. At least, that is my hope.

https://cleantechnica.com/2019/09/30/how-strong-is-the-tesla-model-3-roof-this-accident-helps-to-show-us/
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European Car Leasing System Will Blow Up (as in, INCREASE) Tesla & Other EV Sales 🌞

October 8th, 2019 by Maarten Vinkhuyzen

Our recent article about the consequences of depreciation and resale value on the financial health and calculations of leasing companies begs for a European leasing sequel. In Europe, leasing is a bit different from the thing with the same name in the USA.

Leasing as a private financing instrument for automobiles is a new phenomenon, not well known by the public and very rare. When talking about leasing in Europe, it is mostly about company cars for private use by employees. The company leases the car and supplies it to the employee as a “benefit in kind.” The employee even pays extra income tax for the benefit in kind received. The type of lease used is a full operational lease. It includes the costs of repairs and maintenance, insurance, taxes, fuel, and often roadside assistance and replacement during repairs. There is no option to buy the vehicle at the end of the lease term.

In the UK, Germany, and Netherlands, way over 50% of all new cars are sold through these contracts. In many other European countries, it is about the same. In the category where Tesla, BMW, Audi, Mercedes, etc. are active, the share of leased vehicles is a lot higher than the average.

Companies with hundreds of thousands or over a million of vehicles on the road know exactly what costs can be expected of which type of car. The monthly lease payment is not just based on the MSRP price of the vehicle or even the price including the discounts the lease company pays to the carmakers, as would be the case with a financial lease. Tires, accidents, taxes, and insurance are also factored in.

In most cases, getting a car for an employee is a very simple process. The employer tells the employee the monthly price that is acceptable and the leasing company the employer is using. The employee can then go shopping for a car, visit dealer showrooms, go on test drives, salivate over the most appealing options, debate the color with partner and kids, you name it.

What is not happening at the dealerships is negotiations about the price or conditions. Also, the date of delivery is a minor issue, mostly expected a few months in the future.

What is of interest is the budget and the monthly tax burden. Often, the employee is using a list of available vehicles sorted by the tax burden, without a mention of the price. This is a completely different sales process from what is happening in the USA with sales people who have to move inventory on the lot for the best price they can negotiate.

With the glut of fully electric cars entering the market this and next year, the same dynamic for resale value will happen in Europe as is happening in the USA. Only, in Europe, it will be immediately part of the all-in total cost of ownership (TCO) base price the leasing companies use.

At the moment, the Tesla Model 3, BMW 3 Series, Audi A4, and Mercedes C-Class are in the same budget basket. When the leasing companies start to compute the TCO of electric leases differently from fossil fuel leases, the sales dynamic will drastically change.

Model 3

The Model 3 will get in the same basket as the BMW 2 Series, VW Passat, Ford Mondeo, or just one or two classes lower than it is now compared to its traditional competitors. Other electric vehicles like the new VW ID.3, Peugeot e-208, and Opel Corsa-e will get the same favorable treatment. When the “Capital One experience” (or “Tesla Effect,” as Capital One calls it) gets translated into the European lease prices, the market will start shifting even faster than in the USA.

This will highlight the three biggest problems for other carmakers. Those are: batteries, batteries, and batteries.

Note that what is described here is the more luxurious leasing arrangement. More competitive arrangements work with a shortlist the employee can choose from. What will happen when the Model 3 is on the same list as the VW Golf or Honda Civic?

https://cleantechnica.com/2019/10/08/european-car-leasing-system-will-blow-up-tesla-other-ev-sales/
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PROTERRA ELECTRIC ⚡ BUSES

MIAMI-DADE BUYS 33 PROTERRA ELECTRIC ⚡ BUSES, LARGEST ORDER ON EAST COAST

by Denis Gurskiy October 8, 2019

roterra, one of the leading electric bus manufacturers, has recently announced that it received an order for 33 of its 40ft. Proterra Catalyst E2 electric buses from Miami-Dade county. This order of 33 electric buses makes it the largest single order for electric busses on the eastern coast of the United States.

Miami is one of the major cities that would be greatly devested with accelerated climate change causing a sea-level rise that could engulf the entire city. Shifting its public transportation towards electric buses is one way that they could do their part in helping with climate change.

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Giménez made the following statement about the purchase:

“Florida is one of the most vulnerable areas in the country to climate change, and Miami is working tirelessly to lower its greenhouse gas emissions. Deploying battery-electric buses is one of the best actions we can take to improve our environment and our community’s public health. We are looking forward to working with Proterra to deliver clean, quiet transportation to Miami-Dade.”

The purchase shows a commitment towards Miami’s plan to have at least 50 percent of the county’s buses be electric by 2035, although we do hope that they could bring that date forward as Miami is definitely a city that is at high risk when it comes to sea-level rise. According to Proterra, each battery-electric buse eliminates about 230,000 pounds of CO2 emissions annually compared to the diesel bus that it replaces.

To help with the transition, Miami-Dade will also have Proterra install up to 75 plug-in chargers that can support future expansion of the fleet. The chargers are standardized J1772-CCS plugs, meaning that almost any other vehicles can be plugged into them, so they are not limited to specifically the Catalyst E2 electric bus.

The 40 ft. Catalyst E2 electric bus packs a 440 kWh battery and has an operating range of 161-230 miles. A full charge takes anywhere from 2.7-3.2 hours according to Proterra, meaning that each bus will not be out of commission for too long. According to the AFDC, the average transportation bus travels 34,053 miles annually, coming out to about 94 miles daily, making the range of E2 adequate.

Proterra CEO Ryan Popple made the following statement:

“Miami-Dade has shown exceptional leadership in supporting transportation innovation and environmental sustainability. With their commitment to EV technology and their long-term vision to reduce fossil fuel dependence, they are helping to create the future for North American mass transit. We are proud to partner with Miami-Dade on electric vehicle and charging infrastructure.”

It is a shame that the United States is not investing in electric buses as much as the likes of Colombia, China or France. The thought of 33 electric buses being some sort of milestone when Paris ordered 800 not too long ago is weird. However, we are hoping that slowly but surely more cities will decide to invest in their public transportation with electric buses. I just hope not too slowly.

What do you think of the deal regarding these electric buses? Let us know down in the comments below.

Source: Proterra

https://evbite.com/miami-dade-purchases-33-electric-buses-proterra-largest-order-east-coast/
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October 15, 2019

Green Cab Ditches Hybrids In Favor Of Teslas For Its Taxi Fleet

As the name implies, Green Cab has always had a focus on environmentally responsible taxi operations, a theme that manifests itself in its current fleet of hybrid cabs. Hopping over to the company’s website, its vision for a cleaner, greener fleet permeates Green Cab’s material, with constant messaging about helping consumers reduce their carbon footprint with the company’s current fleet of hybrids.

For now, Green Cab is Madison’s only all-hybrid rideshare service and has been in operation since 2010. We will keep a close watch on the news conference to see if we can get our hands on some of the financials behind the move, as the upgrade from a ~$25,000 Prius to a $40,000 Tesla Model 3 is still quite a step up in capital expenses.

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Charging is also a question, as Tesla’s service agreement for its vehicles prevents vehicles used for commercial service from utilizing its Supercharging network. Building something like that at a dedicated depot would be costly, but could make sense if it supports a large enough fleet. Fleet operators live and die by vehicle utilization, so having a more expensive fleet vehicle sitting idle for hours at a time to charge at a 6.6 kW level 2 charger is likely not an option if the CFO has anything to say about it.

Full details of the transition will be shared at a news conference on October 16, but for now, we know that Green Cab is partnering with Zerology to enable the switch. Zerology currently operates an on-demand vehicle rental service that puts its fleet of fully electric vehicles up for rental by the hour.

In addition to its cleantech cred, Green Cab is also looking into autonomous vehicle technology as a potential solution in the future. Jodie Schmidt, a co-owner of Green Cab Madison, told Channel 3000 that, “I think there might be a role for us with AV trials or testing because we certainly understand the needs of consumers who ride in vehicles, and we understand processes like dispatching and maintenance.”

Source: WKOW via Reddit


https://cleantechnica.com/2019/10/16/green-cab-ditches-hybrids-in-favor-of-teslas-for-its-taxi-fleet/
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Crazy Tesla Carjacking Attempt (Video) 😲
« Reply #594 on: October 18, 2019, 06:12:41 pm »
Agelbert NOTE: Please do not indulge in the "Blacks are crooks" Whitey bigoted stereotype mindset when watching this video. Both the crook that tried to steal this Tesla and the owner of the Tesla are African American. The fact that the car owner did not immediately panic probably prevented physical harm to one or both men. I'm pretty sure that a White dude would have engaged in some unwarranted, and stupidly dangerous, bellicosity due to knee jerk White prejudice against African Americans. Good for Ralph that, after briefly arguing with the crook without attempting violence, wisely decided to leave the car.


Crazy Tesla Carjacking Attempt (Video)  :o

October 18th, 2019 by Johnna Crider

This attempted Tesla car jacking could have turned out deadly, but instead, thankfully, not only was the would-be thief caught, but people can laugh at his awkward and failed attempt to steal the car.

Ralph Nader (possibly a pseudonym) was charging his Tesla at a local Supercharger. It was 6:00 in the morning and he was asleep in the back of the car when the would-be thief jumped in. Unfortunately, Ralph learned the hard way that you should always lock your doors. However, this isn’t even the weirdest part.

Sentry Mode managed to capture video of the wannabe thief walking around the car and inspecting it. As this was happening, another Tesla owner pulled up to charge — all while Ralph is sleeping. The thief is standing by Ralph’s Tesla in a somewhat awkward way. At 3 minutes and 15 seconds into the video, the thief climbs into the driver’s side of the Tesla.

The thief, upon seeing Ralph in the car, reportedly asked him how to drive it — as if Ralph was just going to tell a stranger who got into his car without his permission how to drive it. Ralph asked him, “What are you doing? This is my car!”


It gets kind of comical here, as right after Ralph leaves the car, the thief realizes that he doesn’t even know how to get out. Apparently, he’s never been in a Tesla before and doesn’t know how to open the door.

At just over 4 minutes into the video, you can see a couple walking by — probably watching the two men in the Tesla and not realizing or only somewhat realizing this is an attempted car-jacking. Closer to 5 minutes in, you can see the couple in the nearby Tesla opening their trunk, and then Ralph getting out of his car. Right after this, the thief kicks out the back window and tries to escape.

Fortunately, the Tesla owners next to Ralph called the police and Ralph also did so right after getting out, and the police managed to catch the thief even though the video shows him running away.

The moral of this story is that there are all types of people in the world and as much as we would like them all to be good and kind, many are not. This is why one should always lock their doors, even if they are parked at a Supercharger that seems safe. When we are asleep, especially, we are in our most vulnerable state. What if this thief had a gun? He could have taken Ralph hostage and harmed him — even taken his life.

There are approximately 720,000 or 770,000 carjackings a year across the United States, “a rate of 237.4 per 100,000 residents.”

The Chicago Tribune reported in 2018 that, as carjackings in Chicago continued to go up, many of the carjackers were under 18 years old — 6 out of every 10 arrests. Qianna Carr shared her story with The Chicago Tribune. She was sitting in her car when a 16-year-old boy knocked on her window. He also pointed a gun at her and demanded that she get out of the car.

“Everything scares me,” she told the Tribune. “I was in the parking lot of a grocery store and really just reaching over to grab my purse and a guy was trying … to get in his car next to mine, and my heart just about stopped beating.”

Also in 2018, in Thomasville, Georgia, a woman wasn’t so lucky to survive her car jacking. She tried to fight back and the car jacker killed her. Her son tried to save her but couldn’t.

Ralph’s story is a reminder to all of us that we should always be aware of our surroundings. His situation was preventable and I am sure that he has learned this lesson, but sometimes it is better to learn from the experience of others. Also, a word of advice for thieves: you’re on camera, so stop committing crimes. You will eventually get caught, especially if there is a Tesla nearby. Cameras are everywhere nowadays, with countless added each hour. Just stop it.
 
Tags: Car Theft, Tesla, Tesla safety, Tesla Sentry Mode, Tesla software, Tesla thefts


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https://cleantechnica.com/2019/10/18/crazy-tesla-car-jacking-attempt-video/
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October 25th, 2019 by Nicolas Zart

The Airbus Vahana Flies

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Airbus ⚡ electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) development might not be as fast-paced as startups’ development, but it is making progress nonetheless. Here’s what’s new with the Airbus Vahana eVTOL.

🐦Vahana Takes Off 🦅 With More Details

The Airbus Vahana eVTOL demonstrator just completed the 100th test flight of its Alpha One full-size aircraft. This comes on the heels of an interesting Airbus video from AIN in which Eduardo Dominquez-Puerto, Airbus Head of Urban Air Mobility, talked about how the company is well placed to take full advantage of the eVTOL urban air mobility (UAM) race. The team shared with us some more information on its progress.


The ⚡ Vahana flew 12 “build-up” flights — intermediate speed demonstrations — that show the stability and performance in hover and cruise modes with speeds of up to 100 kts (~115 mph, 185 km/h). What we’ve learned of particular interest is that the batteries can be swapped in fewer than 10 minutes. 👍😎 Two 300 lb lithium-ion battery packs slide in and out of the aircraft, much the same way an ⚡ EV battery swap station operates, as you can see from the official picture below.


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Tesla Gigafactory 3 Has ~7,000 Battery Packs In Stock For Chinese Model 3 Production, Will Use LG Chem Cells In 2020

November 3rd, 2019 by Chanan Bos

Tesla Shanghai Gigafactory Model 3 Paint Shop

Tesla’s Gigafactory 3 was built in a hurry because both China and Tesla had a lot to prove to the world, and if anyone was betting against Elon, they lost and joined a very long list of people who doubted Musk and were proven wrong.

Building the factory so quickly had some consequences, though. Some components can have lead times as long as a year, especially when you order in bulk. One of the components that Tesla knew would not make it on time: locally produced batteries. To be specific, LG Chem’s 2170 batteries, somewhat similar to the chemical formula Tesla developed in tandem with Panasonic, could not be produced quickly enough. So, some time before August, Tesla found a shortcut: make the car production plant first, produce cars using packs shipped from Gigafactory 1 Nevada in 2019, and start using LG Chem’s batteries as soon as you can in 2020 (that being sometime in Q1 or early Q2). As Elon confirmed in the Q3 investor call, the second Gigafactory 3 (GF3) building is going to be used to make battery packs.

Now how do we know all of this? Well, we have a source with a proven track record. Among other things, thanks to this source, we reported on project Raven 2 days before Tesla went public with it and reported that the Model Y timeline had been moved up by a few quarters a week before Tesla announced it in their Q3 shareholder report.


Tesla Gigafactory 3 Supply & Ramp Up[/i]

Tesla Gigafactory 1 has been supplying battery packs to Gigafactory 3 since the beginning of August. The company has been sending between 400 and 750 battery packs per week depending on what was needed in the Fremont factory at the time. The final shipment for 2019 was sent 2 weeks ago. So, basically 2019 GF3 battery packs were shipped over a period of 12 weeks.

After some fairly simple math, you get a range of 4,800 to 9,000 battery packs that GF3 has in stock at the moment. The median number would be close to ~7,000 battery packs. Technically speaking, that is the maximum number of Model 3s that Gigafactory 3 could theoretically build in the 7 weeks till the end of the year.



Our source has also revealed that GF3 has a very interesting priority, and that is build quality. Even if GF3 doesn’t produce a lot, every Model 3 made needs to come at the same quality level as the ones made in Fremont, or of even higher quality. Due to this, our source believes that Tesla is unlikely to produce more than 3,000 cars in 2019 (but that is no guarantee on production volume).

When you look at the Model 3 production ramp up at Fremont, it was painstakingly slow. It was for all intents and purposes “production hell,” as Elon described it oh so colorfully. Tesla GF3 doesn’t have much more to prove in 2019, so a focus on quality is indeed very possible and commendable.


While I personally hope Tesla will be able to produce more than 3,000 cars, we at least know that they can’t produce more than ~7,000, since that is how many battery packs they have in stock for 2019.

LG Chem’s 2170 Cells

Let’s get back to LG Chem and its batteries for Tesla. These will be basically the same type of 2170 cells that Panasonic produces. LG Chem will do its best to “mimic” the batteries made by Panasonic. The word “mimic” is key here since LG Chem has different manufacturing equipment and techniques than Panasonic, and the cells will clearly be not be identical. Additionally, Tesla determined that the cells made by LG Chem have a slightly lower capacity. For the Model 3 Standard Range, that is not an issue since, as Elon has said before, they can always cram some extra battery cells into the pack to make up the difference. This, however, is not an option for the Model 3 Long Range (LR). Contrary to what Elon has said, our source indicates GF3 will indeed make LR vehicles — it’s just not clear yet when. There are two possible options here: either Tesla is hoping LG Chem will be able to match Panasonic’s capacity at some point, or they will release a LR version of the Model 3 that for all intents and purposes is a Model 3 LR but with a slightly lower range than the Model 3s made in Fremont. Or Tesla might have another “outside-the-boxbattery solution.” In any case, with sufficient demand, it would make more sense to produce LR and Performance versions locally on each continent. However, when supply and production are constrained, that doesn’t make sense for GF3 right now.

All of this information was first released on our CleanTechnica TV YouTube channel some days ago, as well as some other interesting information not included in this article. To make sure you stay up to date with our YouTube channel, make sure to subscribe and click the bell icon to be notified when we release a new video! To see more, here is the video in question:


https://cleantechnica.com/2019/11/03/tesla-gigafactory-3-has-5000-9000-battery-packs-in-stock-for-2019-model-3-production-will-use-lg-chem-cells-in-2020/

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Chanan Bos Chanan  grew up in a multicultural, multi-lingual environment that often gives him a unique perspective on a variety of topics. He is always in thought about big picture topics like AI, quantum physics, philosophy, Universal Basic Income, climate change, sci-fi concepts like the singularity, misinformation, and the list goes on. Currently, he is studying creative media & technology but already has diplomas in environmental sciences as well as business & management. His goal is to discourage linear thinking, bias, and confirmation bias whilst encouraging out-of-the-box thinking and helping people understand exponential progress. Chanan is very worried about his future and the future of humanity. That is why he has a tremendous admiration for Elon Musk and his companies, foremost because of their missions, philosophy, and intent to help humanity and its future. He sees Tesla as one of the few companies that can help us save ourselves from climate change.

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15 Made-in-China Tesla ⚡ Model 3s
« Reply #598 on: November 03, 2019, 05:33:50 pm »
Tesla Gigafactory 3 Drone Video Spots 15 Made-in-China Tesla Model 3s

November 3rd, 2019 by Guest Contributor


Another extended video of the Gigafactory 3 from last week shows the enormous progress made since the place was only mud and water, when Elon Musk and other Chinese dignitaries attended the groundbreaking ceremony earlier this year.


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https://cleantechnica.com/2019/11/03/tesla-gigafactory-3-drone-video-spots-15-made-in-china-tesla-model-3s/
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Zwickau factory

Volkswagen Will Begin Series Production Of Its ID.3 ⚡ Electric Car On Monday

November 3rd, 2019 by Steve Hanley


SNIPPET:

I flew into Germany at dawn today on my way to Zwickau, where Volkswagen has converted a factory that used to make  almost 300,000 gasoline- and diesel-powered cars per year, most of them part of its Golf family of vehicles. In 2018, production at the Zwickau factory was phased out so crews could begin transforming it into a production facility devoted exclusively to making 100% battery ⚡ electric cars.


Tomorrow, November 4, German chancellor Angela Merkel and a host of dignitaries will be on hand in Zwickau to witness the start of series production of the ⚡ ID.3, Volkswagen’s first electric car built on the all new MEB platform. By 2021, the Zwickau factory will be turning out 6 different models for three different Volkswagen Group brands for a total of 330,000 ⚡ electric vehicles a year. 


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Fully Charged drove a pre-production example of the ⚡ ID. 3 and was pretty much blown away by how good the car is. Check it out.

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