The first model to use VW's new electric auto platform, the ID.3 will begin a huge push by the automaker into electrification. "With the ID.3, we are making the electric vehicle fit for mass mobility". Now, we know the specifications and price guidance.
The ID.3 will offer three different battery options with ranges of 330km, 420km and 550km on the WLTP cycle. The £25,500 entry-level version will offer a range of 205 miles, with the largest battery allowing for 342 miles. It starts at €30,000. The medium size battery pack option has a capacity of 58kWh which provides 420 km of range. It is understood the three batteries will be 45, 58 and 77kWh respectively. The basic version will include voice control functionality and a navigation system. "Light and bi-color exterior and interior design", (whatever that means), and the ID.3 1ST Max, which has a panoramic glass roof and an "augmented reality" heads-up display. The most important markets in Europe for the ID.3 will be Norway, Germany, the Netherlands, France, the United Kingdom and Austria.
Customers who ordered one of Volkswagen's 30,000 special edition cars will also get a year's worth of free charging at stations connected to the company's WeCharge app. Deliveries will start in the middle of next year.
The ID.3 will enter production in Europe at the end of 2019. Then you visit VW's preorder site, hoping that it's still working, plug in your information and then wait.
Pre-orders require a €1,000 ($1,118) deposit. Only 30,000 of the 1ST edition cars will be made. The UK is one of the "key" markets for the vehicle, alongside Norway, Germany, the Netherlands and France. "People really aren't interested in electric cars".
Volkswagen has revealed the first detailed near-production images of its upcoming electric hatch, along with the naming scheme for the lineup.
The ID.3 will sit on a new electric and modular MEB platform which will be used by other VW EVs.
"With the start of pan-European prebooking for the ID.3, e-mobility at Volkswagen will become concrete for our customers", said Jürgen Stackmann, member of the board of management of the Volkswagen brand responsible for sales, marketing and after-sales.