ID.3 is an affordable compact EV
Volkswagen’s first Electric car ID. 3 was introduced at last year’s Frankfurt Motor show to denote the brand’s foray into all-electric mobility. As an affordable EV model from VW, the I.D 3 has a price tag of just 23,430 euros in Germany making it as affordable as any combustion-engined models. Sales roll-out for the ID. 3 is scheduled for summer or quarter two.
The first edition of the VW ID 3 has the typical electric car look with a long wheelbase and short overhangs. VW has confirmed that the ID 3 is the first updatable electric car based on the modular electric drive toolkit (MEB).
With an Open Space concept, the ID 3 is a 5-seater that sets standards for a compact class. Interior highlights include all-digital 10-inch touch display, ID light with LED strip, electric windows and hazard warning lights operable by tactile buttons or voice control, an electrically adjustable multifunction steering with switches and Connect via an App.
At launch, the ID. 3 is offered in three battery size options: 45 kWh with a range of up to 330 kilometers, 58 kWh with up to 420 km and 77 kWh with up to 550 km. Thanks to its fast charging capability, it is possible to charge the ID.3 sufficiently for a range of around 290 km within 30 minutes, using a charging output of 100 kW.
Get ready to start an Electric Vehicle Revolution
VW intends to deliver some 30,000 pre-booked ID.3 vehicles throughout Europe. They bank on the relatively low costs of ownership of the I.D. 3.
At a base price of just 23,430 euros, the I.D 3 is even cheaper than the Golf Life petrol. Other savings for owning an I.D. 3 include no road vehicle tax, no oil changes and lesser insurance premiums.
Volkswagen has also announced plans to introduce the first electric SUV, produced with a neutral carbon balance onto the roads with the ID.4, a compact SUV EV.
With the ID.3 and ID.4 on the horizon, Volkswagen is reducing CO2 emissions in the production of the ID. family. For example, the electric car plant at Zwickau uses power from renewable sources. Battery cells in Europe are also produced using green power. The entire manufacturing process and the delivery chain are continually reviewed to identify CO2 savings potentials. Volkswagen offsets any emissions which are currently still unavoidable by investing in recognized climate protection projects such as the Katingan Metaya Forest Protection Project.
Furthermore, Volkswagen offers its customers a number of possibilities of charging their electric cars with climate-friendly power. For charging at home, CO2-free Volkswagen Naturstrom is available. On the roads, the fast charging parks of the IONITY joint venture offer 100 percent eco-power, just like charging stations at Volkswagen plants.
Outlook for 2020: market launch of the ID.3
Over the next few years, Volkswagen intends to become the world market leader in emobility and is investing 33 billion euros for this purpose throughout the organization up to 2024. Of this figure, 11 billion euros will be invested by Volkswagen. VW is forging ahead with the largest electric offensive in the automotive industry.
All said and done, the VW ID. 3 is set for Q2 roll-out. Following that, the VW ID.4 will see light in 2020. VW is also starting production of a new China exclusive EV in late 2020.