The transition has already begun: step by step, employees are working to construct the first production line. Objective: in less than 12 months, the first ID. will roll off the line. The intensive conversion phase will begin in summer 2019, when employees will set up the line for the new MEB models in the span of just a few short weeks. By the end of 2019, the body shop, paint shop, assembly line and infrastructure will be reconditioned. For example, the entire conveyor system will need to be adapted to the heavier electric cars. Six months later, the second production line will be converted along the same principle, and will begin operating in 2020. Production at Zwickau will then increase from 1,350 to 1,500 vehicles a day. The conversion will require an estimated 9,000 tons of steel and repurpose 50,000 square meters of factory space.