VW will launch its first electric car model from scratch in a few months. The VW ID.3 compact car will be delivered from the beginning of September, the Wolfsburg-based company announced in June. Initially, however, the modern Stromer lacks two digital functions, VW conceded. According to a report, additional features have to be added.
Problems with the software make it impossible for the ID.3 to arrive at the customer’s premises in full despite production having started at the end of 2019. VW still has a lot to catch up in this area – especially about the vehicles of Tesla, the electric car industry leader, conceded CEO Herbert Diess. In the meantime, it was speculated that the ID.3 would not be delivered in the summer as announced, but VW recently confirmed the schedule.
Pre-orders can decide whether to receive the ID.3 in early September or later. The early delivery is associated with membership in the “ID.3 1st Mover Club”, which includes a software update for two outstanding digital functions at the beginning of next year. Specifically, the “App-Connect” function for smartphone integration with Apple Car Play and Android Auto and the remote area of the head-up display would not be activated at the market launch in September, according to VW.
Der Spiegel reported this week about a recent first test drive with the production version of the ID.3. In discussions with developers, they learned that the automatic parking system was also initially missing “and – particularly painfully – the module that installs the updates via a mobile phone connection”. If you want to drive your ID.3 from September, you have to go to the workshop at least once for a software update. VW waives the first three leasing installments for this.
The ID.3 is one of the most complex VW cars to date in the software area. The extensive digitalization and networking of the model are implemented differently than in previous vehicles with two central computers instead of dozens of control units. This should reduce the complexity of production and maintenance, but initially requires more development effort and new skills.
The Spiegel editorial team has not learned of any other internals for ID.3. The testers praised the driven electric car for its rapid start, among other things. The larger weight and the higher seating position due to the batteries on the vehicle floor would not attract attention.
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Unlike electric cars such as the Nissan LEAF, the driving experience is “not synthetic”. The ID.3 driver feels exactly what is happening between the bike and the road and has a direct steering feel. “Look” and “Feel” were not rated as good, the plastics used, for example, were “almost shamefully cheap”.