Giant German automaker Volkswagen has launched the production of its all-electric car ID.3, to be manufactured on a large scale.
The breakthrough at the Volkswagen plant in Zwickau came ahead of the Berlin auto summit that kicked off on Monday reported the German news agency.
The ID.3 will be the first model in a new series by Volkswagen to attract a wide audience and form the basis for other models of electric vehicles.
Overseas customers are expected to start buying the model in mid-2020.
German Chancellor Angela took part in the launch, along with CEO Herbert Diess.
The company plans to produce about 100,000 cars in Zwickau next year.
Like other automakers, the company is investing billions of euros in the transition from internal combustion engines to alternative engines. The company had hoped to present a more real and eco-friendly image following the 2015 diesel scandal.
"Volkswagen is on its way to producing cars for everyone without emissions. The company's goal is to become a global leader in the industry of electric vehicles with annual sales of up to one million electric vehicles by 2025," said Ralf Brandstätter, Volkswagen's chief operating officer from Wolfsburg.