Volkswagen’s electric future has now fully commenced in the UK, as the brand’s first purpose-built electric vehicle, the ID.3, arrives on British soil. This first batch of ID.3 1ST Edition models will now be transported to retailers across the country in preparation for handovers to customers later this month.
The ID.3 1ST Edition is generously equipped, featuring heated front seats, Natural Voice Control with ID. Light, navigation, Adaptive Cruise Control, Keyless entry and start, IQ. Light LED matrix headlights with Welcome Light, a bi-colour exterior, and 19-inch wheels. The ID.3 1ST Edition uses a 58 kWh (net capacity) battery and a 204 PS electric motor driving the rear wheels. It has a range of 261 miles (WLTP) and can rapid-charge at 100 kW, which can add 180 miles of range in as little as 30 minutes.
The ID.3 introduces a number of new features to the Volkswagen range, including a central airbag, which helps prevent collision between occupants in the event of a side impact. It also introduces ID. Light, a light strip which communicates visually with the driver to support the navigation, phone, driver assistance and other functions. Furthermore the ID.3 features the acclaimed Car2X system first introduced on the Golf, which allows the car to communicate information to other Car2X-equipped road vehicles in the vicinity. It can highlight dangers and give advance warning of hazards for improved safety.
Built on the MEB (Modular Electric Drive Matrix) platform, the ID.3 has a modular battery pack design, meaning different battery capacities can be ordered on the upcoming ID.3 series range, with customers able to opt for different ranges based on their requirements. The flexible MEB platform can accommodate numerous body styles – indeed, an entire family of ID. models will launch over the next few years, the first being the ID.4 SUV which is due to be unveiled this month. It is anticipated that by 2025 at least 1.5 million electric Volkswagens will be sold annually across the world.
The ID.3 is carbon-neutral up to the point of handover to the customer, including the production of its batteries, and this carbon neutrality continues into the model’s life if the owner chooses to charge the model using green or renewable electricity. Each ID.3 1ST Edition comes with a pre-loaded We Charge card, which provides up to one year of free charging, equivalent to 2,000 kWh or £500 ($665). This can be used at 150,000 charging stations across Europe, including the IONITY charging network, which provides renewable energy dispensed via rapid chargers.
Andrew Savvas, Managing Director at Volkswagen UK, said: “The moment we’ve been waiting for is here – the ID.3 has officially arrived in the UK. This milestone represents the dawn of a new mobility era for Volkswagen after the success of the Beetle – and ongoing success of the Golf – with the aim of providing accessible electric mobility for millions, not just millionaires. The ID.3 is also our first carbon-neutral car, as well as being an all-round, game-changing electric vehicle, so this moment is especially rewarding. Put simply, it signposts the sustainable future of Volkswagen. I can’t wait to see these first ID.3 cars out on the road, after customers collect them from retailers later this month. This is only the beginning, however, with the series versions of the ID.3 incoming, and the ID.4 on its way. The future is now.”
“We believe that the fastest way to find innovative solutions, test them out, and learn from others is through a network such as Plug and Play,” says Luca Graf, head of the DSV Innovation Hub. “The goal of our innovation efforts is to improve the customer experience and become more efficient,” he adds.
It is crucial for us to get to know the start-ups that are currently developing the next generation of supply chain and logistics technology and that’s what Plug and Play ensures, according to Luca Graf. Specifically, DSV is looking for innovation within warehouse automation, end-to-end visibility, e-commerce logistics, supply chain digitisation, and sustainability.
Partnerships and pilots
Panalpina entered the programme in 2018, and participation has continued under DSV Panalpina, yielding promising partnerships, visibility in the innovation environment, and several project pilots.
“We also meet customers at the Plug and Play events. Both existing and potential customers. Some of them see our innovation efforts and show interest in collaborating for the benefit of both. There really are many ways that Plug and Play yields results,” says Luca Graf, and adds, “We need to embrace this type of open innovation, as it speeds up the process.”
In a current pilot, the DSV Innovation Hub works with start-ups developing drones for inventory control in warehouses. Results have been very promising so far. In addition, Plug and Play has helped to scout dozens of promising solutions that reduce the CO2 footprint of our operation and services.
“It is impressive to see what technological solutions are developed by startups that help us increase efficiency and improve the services we provide our customers,” says Luca Graf.
How it works
DSV briefs Plug and Play of the areas that we are interested in finding innovations for or describing a concrete operational challenge. Then the Plug and Play organisation presents several start-ups – coached by Plug and Play – that have something to offer in that area.
Plug and Play’s scouting service ensures a strong field of start-ups to collaborate with. When a promising suit is found, the partners enter into a potential pilot test of the solution.
At the very end of the process is the Expo Day where all companies in the programme present what they have developed and learned.
"We are very excited to have DSV on board as one of our Supply Chain & Logistics partners as they are a perfect fit for our ecosystem of industry-leading corporate partners," explains Mike Zayonc, Founder of Plug and Play Supply Chain & Logistics.
"Having partners like DSV, Unilever, ExxonMobil, Shell, Walmart, Schneider Electric, DHL, and BASF working together to collaborate with the most advanced technologies is a perfect venue to digitally transform the Supply Chain & Logistics industry.”
About Plug & Play
Plug and Play has a global presence with over 30 offices in 16 countries. Their Supply Chain & Logistics accelerator programme is present in five locations and counts 44 corporate partners.
In order to continue its growth of recent years and to further expand its strategic position, PPA is implementing an intelligent IT system from INFORM Vehicle Logistics that is designed to enable end-to-end transparency of all processes in the supply chain. Customers, suppliers, 3PL and customs authorities will be able to track via a web portal where and when a car has been delivered.
In addition, the algorithms of this system are capable of optimising the operational processes in the compounds through real-time decisions and advanced planning. Consequently, this system gives PPA the advantage of improving its offered services and the flexibility of planning new business processes.
The system will allow PPA to more effectively use available resources and to continuously improve their processes. In addition, it will allow PPA to increase their capacity to operate their car terminal. Covering over 145,000 square metres, the PPA’s car terminal provides a capacity of over 600,000 movements per year. Located close to the centre of Athens, the Port of Piraeus occupies a geostrategic position for the eastern Mediterranean region. It is also considered an important transit hub for trade between Europe and Asia.
"Digital decision making for us means both making automated optimised decisions as well as helping our customers' management to make operational and tactical decisions more easily by providing reliable real-time data," said Hartmut Haubrich, Director Vehicle Logistics Systems at INFORM. "In the case of PPA, for example, we will automatically generate workorders and optimize the workorders in real-time to ensure that operations are smooth and target dates are met efficiently. In this way, we will increase the service capacity of the terminal, but also the availability and intelligent allocation of storage spaces."
For the purpose of identifying a suitable system for their project, PPA executives had visited various ports in Europe. Among others the International Car Operators (ICO) terminals in Zeebrugge, Belgium, where INFORM’s applications have been successfully implemented. Through an open international tender the above system was evaluated as the best one for PPA, thanks to its effectiveness, modularity and innovative design.
As PPA BoD Chairman Mr. Yu Zenggang stated, “Under this new cooperation, PPA targets to increase its Car Terminal’s efficiency and competiveness and to make it more attractive for its customers. We believe that the vehicle logistics system of INFORM can guarantee the successful digital transformation of PPA Car terminal.”