Volkswagen is postponing their release of a number of versions of the electric-driven ID 3 as the software of the car is not ready. This confirms the reports from Manager Magazine and Süddeutsche Zeitung about the struggle of the company to bring the first mass-produced e-vehicle to the market.
The ones who have preordered the electric car’slimited edition will start getting the car by next week, as announced by VW. However, customers purchasing the more affordable and widely-available editions of the electric car will need to wait for a couple of more months. VW will be shipping some of the ID 3 cars in September, though the heads-up display and the App Connect infotainment system will not get activated until the software update comes through. VW has also clarified that full-featured editions of the car will not be shipped until the end of this year.
It is a black eye for this project. It is also the reason why the former CEO Herbert Diess got stripped of his position in the brand. The larger VW Group is still being led by Diess.
Though the VW Group had handed over the pink slip to thousands of workers last year, the company also assured that it was trying to create thousands of new software job roles to make up for the move. In September last year, VW had told suppliers that the software development will be handled by the company itself, just like Tesla does.
But, reports suggest that the company overwhelmed itself in doing this, and that made VW decide to go ahead and build a few ID 3s without the complete software. The best case scenario at present is that this very important e-car, the first one in a long lineup, is only going to stumble out somehow.