ID.3 EV spearheads VW’s sustainable future
Volkswagen’s ID.3 electric car – arguably the German manufacturer’s most important product in decades – is now available to order.
The car, deemed so important by VW that the automaker says it is spearheading it’s ‘third era of mobility’, is the first built on VW Group’s specially-designed MEB platform which will see seven more electrified models in the future, including the ID.4 electric SUV.
The first edition of the car, called ID.3 1ST will cost £38,880, before the £3k Government grant. That’s around £5k more than a Honda E or Mini Electric, but a strategic £5k less than a Tesla Model 3. The car comes with a high-voltage battery warranty of eight years or 100,000 miles.
The price includes 2,000kWh of free charging using VW’s We Charge card which includes access to the Ionity network.
So far more than 30,000 ID.3 hatchbacks have been pre-ordered across Europe. To reserve one UK buyers will need to place a £750 non-binding deposit.
The ID.3 1ST Edition has a real-world range of 260 miles (WLTP) – enough to travel from London to Manchester – from its 58kWh battery. It can be rapid charged at up to 100kW, adding around 180 miles of range in just 30 minutes. With 200bhp of power, the ID.3 1ST can reach 62mph from standstill in 7.3 seconds. Top speed is 99mph.
One advantage choosing an ID.3 is that, despite being the same size as a Golf, the car has interior space which is equivalent to the bigger Passat model; thanks to the packaging efficiencies of its electric components. just as impressive the car has a turning circle which is equivalent to that of the smaller VW Up.
The car has already proved to be something of a success thanks to the carbon neutral renewable energy used in its production, including its batteries: A key step in Volkswagen’s progress towards net carbon neutrality by 2050, something the company is committed to as part of the Paris Climate Agreement.
“At the point at which it leaves the factory in Zwickau, Germany, the ID.3 can lay claim to being the world’s first mass-produced CO2-neutral car,” said Andrew Savvas, Managing Director, Volkswagen UK. “Producing the ID.3 in this way shows that we are very serious about sustainability as we help to safeguard our world for future generations.”