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New VW ID.3 travels 531km without charging

Volkswagen’s new ID.3 has set a range record by covering 531km from Zwickau, Germany to Schaffhausen, Switzerland on a single charge. This is in spite of the fact the VW EV has an official range of 420km (WLTP).

By maximising driving economically – called hypermiling – the car’s range was improved by more than 100 kilometers – an increase of 26 percent.

The vehicle – a standard series production 204 PS ID.3 1st Pro Performance with a 58 kWh battery built at VW’s Zwickau electric car factory – was driven by Swiss “hypermiler” Felix Egolf.

Egolf used a number of hypermiling techniques to achieve such a high range on the nine-hour journey. He would constantly lift off the accelerator to let the ID.3 coast. Then, on the highway sections of the journey, he sometimes used the slipstream of trucks travelling in front of him. The car was using its navigation system, daytime running lights, radio and ventilation.

This car has everything, it is compact but spacious, has a cool, almost futuristic design and a low drag coefficient

– Felix Egolf, “Hypermiler”

The vehicle’s Swiss route consisted entirely of public roads and highways, passing cities including Bayreuth and Ulm. The car’s average speed was 56 km/h; 44 per cent of the journey was on highways and 56 per cent on country roads.

Power consumption was a mere 10.9 kWh/100 km versus the standard 15.4-14.5 kWh/100 km. This was despite the car being heavier than usual because it had the additional weight of the cameraman plus technical equipment; which increased the total payload to around 250kg.

“This car has everything, it is compact but spacious, has a cool, almost futuristic design and a low drag coefficient”, said Egolf after finishing in Schaffhausen.

Though the record-breaking journey is not entirely comparable with day-to-day trips, VW claims it underpins the everyday practicality of the ID.3.

“With its high-volt battery, efficient drivetrain and fast charging capability, even long journeys are not a problem”, said Reinhard de Vries, Managing Director Technology and Logistics at Volkswagen Sachsen. “This is also a strong message for the team in Zwickau and for the entire ID. team.”

The ID.3 is built at the Zwickau electric car factory and is the first member of Volkswagen’s all-electric ID. family. VW expects that in 2021, the first full production year as an EV factory, some 300,000 electric vehicles based on its modular electric drive matrix (MEB) will be built at the Zwickau plant making it the largest and most efficient EV factory in Europe.

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