“Establishing a powerful new electronics and software architecture is a challenge that can lead to difficulties or delays, which we are currently addressing,” a VW spokesman said. “The time plan remains in place: market launch is scheduled for summer 2020.”
The latest generation Golf, whose roll out across Europe was delayed to the first quarter, contains around 100 million lines of code with the infotainment system alone accounting for roughly a fifth of that. By comparison, a car built in 2010 had a tenth of the complexity, according to VW.
VW started series production of the ID3 in November. It is using the subsequent months until delivery of the first cars to continue fixing any issues that may come up during further field testing.
The VW spokesman said the company aims to build about 100,000 electric cars this year in its plant in Zwickau, Germany.
Software glitches that marred the Golf’s development have prompted Diess to bundle the group’s current software expertise and carve it out into a new independent subsidiary called Car.Software, founded at the start of this year.
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