The Volkswagen ID.3 is still many months away from its Summer 2020 release, but production started back in November, so where is VW keeps all their new ID.3 electric cars?
For those unaware, Volkswagen is going a much different route with the launch of their ID.3 from what Tesla did with the Model 3. While Tesla had released the Model 3 essentially as soon as production-ready models (and I use that term loosely as the software had to be continuously updated for months after delivery) were off the production line, Volkswagen is going with a more patient method.
While the VW ID.3 was supposed to be released at the beginning of 2020, VW decided to postpone the launch of the ID.3 until Summer. They described that they would like to release all 30,000 of the ID.3s at once.
Unable to wait to see the cars in person, Nextmove set out to find one of the parking lots that VW has been using to hold the ID.3 while they wait to be launched.
After some sleuthing, they were able to find a parking lot with about 2,000 ID.3s sitting.
Thankfully it seems like their plan to build up inventory before releasing all the cars has paid off slightly as the very first batch reportedly had some issues with their software and now will have to be individually handled by a technician to install the final working vehicle software.
However, it will be interesting to see if the current economic downturn caused by COVID-19 will impact how many people will take delivery of previously account for ID.3s and VW will have to have some undelivered electric cars on their hands over the Summer.
What do you guys think of the strategy by Volkswagen? Is it a good idea to build up the numbers and make sure that any flaws are hopefully ironed out before release, or would it have been better to already start delivering cars? Let me down in the comments below.