Volkswagen is taking all sold electric cars from the ID.3 series back to the garage.

The software would regularly falter and should be updated,

Het Financieele Dagblad

(

FD

)

reports

Friday.

The software cannot be updated via the internet.

The model has been available since September last year, after the introduction was delayed by several months due to software problems.

As it turns out, complaints are raining about malfunctions with the electronics, navigation, ease of use and the range of the car.

In some cases this leads to unsafe situations, because the car comes to a standstill or direction indicators do not function properly.

A Volkswagen spokesperson tells the

FD

that safety is not at stake.

"The ID.3s were and are fully functional, roadworthy and meet all Volkswagen's requirements for the safety of its vehicles."

The company also says that it has already been indicated that an update would come in the first quarter of this year.

"The update provides performance improvements and adds a number of new features. ID.3 riders will be invited by the dealer to visit the workshop in March."

The German carmaker states that 56,500 ID.3s were sold last year alone.

A striking number of these (11,000 vehicles) were sold in the Netherlands.

Only in Germany slightly more were sold.

Volkswagen tried to profile itself in recent years as the brand in the field of electric cars, including an electric Golf.

Earlier, tens of thousands of copies of the Golf 8 had to be recalled.