Back in 2020, Ford and Volkswagen announced a landmark partnership agreement between the two automakers that has since resulted in the duo teaming up to create multiple new models bearing both nameplates. That includes the Ford Explorer EV for Europe and another as-yet-revealed model riding on VW’s MEB platform, though the all-electric crossover was recently delayed by six months as FoMoCo awaits the arrival of the former’s next-generation battery tech, according to CEO Jim Farley. Meanwhile, falling demand for EVs has prompted Ford to push back its goal of building 600k units by annually by 2024 and two million by 2026, all while its cross-town rival, General Motors, also struggles to build EVs in general. Now, it seems as if Volkswagen will also be cutting back EV production amid weaker demand as well, according to Reuters.
For now, Volkswagen will temporarily pause production of the ID.3 and Cupra Born EVs at its Zwickau and Dresden assembly plants – both of which are located in Germany – for the first two weeks of October. The automaker confirmed that it is making this move as a direct response to slowing demand for those models.
ID.3 production will be suspended at the Dresden plant on October 2nd before resuming on October 16th, while the Zwickau plant will be down from October 2nd through October 13th. The automaker announced earlier this month that it will not be extending the contracts of 269 employees at the Zwickau plant, but did not comment on how this stoppage will affect employees at either facility.
Recently, Ford CEO Jim Farley said that “the near-term pace of EV adoption will be a little slower than expected, which is going to benefit early movers like Ford,” though he also acknowledged that weakened demand is also prompting major changes in the automaker’s plan to ramp up production of those models as well.