VW ID3 electric vehicle exceeds expectations but trails Tesla

Daniel Fowler
May 12, 2019

Not quite; instead we're told it stands for 'intelligent design, identity and visionary technologies'.

As for price, the basic ID.3 version will start at "under €30,000" ($33,600) and will travel 330 km (about 200 miles) on a single charge using a 45kWh battery.

Volkswagen has just started the pre-booking process for customers in select European markets, and we are now awaiting confirmation on whether the ID.3 will be offered in South Africa.

So, if you're a chic European type and you want to toss your lot in with Volkswagen, how do you go about actually placing a preorder for the ID 3?

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VW revealed the ID.3 will be assembled at its Zwickau factory.

Customers who preorder will be able to finalize their orders following the official Frankfurt debut and production is planned to start in late 2019, with the first customer deliveries to begin in mid 2020. The price for the cars is reported to be less than €40,000 before incentives. The purchasing costs are slightly higher than those of a combustion vehicle, but the e-vehicle is considerably more economical in terms of maintenance, for example about 30 percent in terms of maintenance.

"With the ID3, we are starting from the centre, the Volkswagen brand's core, in which the majority of the models and sales volume can be found". Volkswagen fancies it the number 3 in its list of seminal vehicles, following the Beetle and the Golf. We'll also see a close-to-production concept built to preview a smaller, cheaper electric model envisioned as a modern-day people's auto, according to a recent report. Note, for instance, the full-width light bar at the front end - it looks like the VW badge itself could even be illuminated for markets where this isn't illegal (like China).

The "ID.3 1st Max" will be "packed with innovations" like an augmented reality heads-up display. The first model to use VW's new electric vehicle platform, the ID.3 will begin a huge push by the automaker into electrification. We also knew that it would be a hatchback sitting on the brand-new MEB platform, which would then also be used to roll out production versions of the ID Crozz, ID Buzz, ID Vizzion, and ID Roomzz concepts.

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