It begins at 6am in Brunswick, Lower Saxony. Two ID.3s in Glacier White and Manganese Grey, equipped with a 58 kWh battery and fully charged, are parked in the parking lot. The drivers: Volkswagen brand boss Ralf Brandstätter and Thomas Ulbrich, Member of the Board of Management for E-Mobility. In front of them are about 320 kilometers of open highway to Zwickau in Saxony. “The future of Volkswagen is electric, fully networked and CO2 neutral. The ID.3 is the first product to stand for this path we have taken,” Brandstätter says before leaving.
The day is dedicated to E-Mobility. Brandstätter will visit the facility and talk to the plant management about the transformation of the second production line. As early as next year, production in Zwickau is to be fully ramped up to 330,000 electric cars per year. The CEO also attaches great importance to the exchange with the team: in the morning he answers the questions of the employees.
But before that, the first leg via Magdeburg to Leipzig is on the agenda. The A2 highway is very busy as usual. In order to save electricity, the two ID.3s maintain a speed of about 130 km/h. After turning onto the A14 towards Leipzig, the highway becomes emptier and allows for a maximum speed of 160 km/h. After 200 kilometers, Brandstätter and Ulbrich make a 20-minute stop at the IONITY fast charging station in Nempitz – to recharge the battery with 100 kW, but also to exchange information about the journey so far. “The journey was really impressive. You practically glide into the sunrise. It is very quiet in the car and therefore also very relaxing. It’s a lot of fun,” says Brandstätter.
The journey continues via the A9 and A4 to Zwickau. At about 10am, Brandstätter and Ulbrich arrive at the Zwickau electric car plant. The Volkswagen brand boss is satisfied with the car – and passes on the praise later at the staff event. “The cars you are making are something special. The plant is well prepared, the team is highly motivated, and the result is really impressive,” Brandstätter says to the Zwickau team.