In a shocking turn of events that nobody could have seen coming, the Volkswagen ID.3’s Europe-only launch will be delayed:
The compact car has been in production since the beginning of November , but according to a media report, the developers are still struggling “with massive software problems”.Ecomento.de
So… they’re already making the cars but the software just doesn’t work yet?
That sounds very cost effective. Many of these cars will be sitting around for a year before a customer finally drives it home.
According to information from Manager Magazin , the ID.3 will be built for months without a complete software architecture. The wagons would then be parked in specially rented parking lots, according to company circles. In spring, service teams with mobile computer stations should install new software for the first 10,000 ID.3.
A second wave is planned for mid-May, a total of more than 20,000 ID.3 should be reworked, according to Manager Magazin . Only then can the new electric car be installed with the latest software via “over-the-air” updates, as has been the case for a long time with US industry leader Tesla.Ecomento.de
Between mid December and mid May, Volkswagen will manually update the software of 20,000 vehicles it has already produced. You’d think they would have gotten the over the air update functionality working first but… German engineering?
In addition to MEB , Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess also wants to sell the new software architecture developed for the upcoming electric cars to competitors, according to the report in Manager MagazinEcomento.de
“Hey Auto industry, did you hear about our massive software problems? For a very reasonable price, they can be your massive problems too!” –– Volkswagen
Shocker: Volkswagen ID.3 delayed after “massive software problems”. 20,000 already produced cars will have to be software updated manually over the next 6 months before delivery.Tweet