On a new electric car from Volkswagen – an ID3 hatchback, there were problems with the software. This was announced by the representatives of the concern themselves, noting that previously a similar incident occurred with the new Golf.
The situation had a negative impact on the launch process of the updated Golf. And now it threatens to create problems with the conclusion of the ID3 battery powered hatchback, which is scheduled for sale in Europe this summer.
According to sources of German specialized media, malfunctions in the operation of on-board electronics may mean that a batch of more than 20 thousand electric vehicles will enter the market without a complete software package. This means that the company’s specialists will have to recall the car and manually bring it to mind. This will incur additional costs.
As noted in the automaker’s office, the creation of a new powerful architecture of electronics and software is a complex technical task, which implies the occurrence of certain difficulties until the entire system is run-in. As a result, this sometimes leads to the fact that the output of some models is delayed, Volkswagen representatives say. However, in this case, the company decided not to postpone the premiere of the electric car – it should also appear on sale in the middle of this year.
However, the fact that similar troubles are already observed with more than one brand model should lead management to the existence of a systemic problem. The launch of the last generation Golf in Europe was planned earlier, but it had to be postponed to the first quarter of this year. The software in this car contains about 100 million lines of code, a fifth of the information falls on the infotainment system. As engineers note, a car of the same model, released 10 years ago, had an electronic filling 10 times easier.
Golf today has the CAN FD evolutionary electronic architecture. And in an electric vehicle, the software is even more complex and innovative, providing the fastest possible data transfer. And the fact that despite the problems with the operation of the electronic system, the VW Group does not want to delay the release of its electric car is caused by the desire to comply with the new requirements of the European Union this year on the standards of harmful emissions into the atmosphere, so as not to get into billions of fines. Therefore, it is better to invest in the finalization of a batch of cars in the process of their entry into the market than to have problems with European legislation.
Recall that the mass production of ID3 started last November. Now there is a process of field trials that can identify new problems, the company notes. But the engineers are already ready to spend the remaining months on eliminating all the problems, both already discovered and those that may still arise. In the new year, it is planned to produce a batch of 100 thousand ID3 electric vehicles at the factory in Zwickau.