Volkswagen has revealed its first production EV at the 2019 Frankfurt motor show. Dubbed the Volkswagen ID.3, it leads the firm’s charge into the electric vehicle market.
The first in a wave of mass-produced electric vehicles from VW, the ID.3 will be followed by EVs in different body types. It is also the first car to wear Volkswagen’s new logo, revealed recently by the automaker.
With the ID.3, Volkswagen is heading towards the future. The natural style and absolutely intuitive driver experience demonstrate a new, electric way of thinking,” says Klaus Bischoff, Head of Design for Volkswagen.
Volkswagen is announcing its entry into the electric car market, spearheaded by the ID.3 hatchback.
A new, electric revolution
Volkswagen is no stranger to shaking up the industry by introducing era-defining cars. The original Beetle launched in the late 1930s is a testament to the fact. In a similar way, VW has a lot of aspirations regarding the ID.3 and electric cars following it.
Based on the modular MEB platform developed for EVs, it wears a relatively restrained design, adopting a traditional five-door hatchback silhouette. Klaus Bischoff, Head of Design at Volkswagen, spoke about the car, “With the ID.3, Volkswagen is heading towards the future. The natural style and absolutely intuitive driver experience demonstrate a new, electric way of thinking,”
The MEB platform allows for the car to have short overhangs on both ends along with a roomy interior. Volkswagen claims the new digital display elements and controls are intuitive, assisting the driver through the interface. There’s also a smart ID. light LED strip that prompts drivers to take actions such as braking in the event of an imminent collision.
The absence of an engine and traditional transmission has unlocked a lot of room inside the ID.3's cabin.
Scalable driving range
Upon its commercial launch, the Volkswagen ID.3 will be available in three battery options. All batteries will be integrated below the cabin floor. The base trim will run 330km on a charge, having 45kWh of usable energy. A notch above will get you 58 kWh of energy, giving the ID.3 a range of 420km. The longest-running ID.3 will be able to drive up to 550km. Of course, the ID. cars will feature fast-charging capabilities, storing 290km of driving range with a 30-minute charge when using a 100-kW charging outlet.
Volkswagen announced pre-booking for the limited-edition ID.3 1st in May this year. The first edition Volkswagen ID.3 has a 58 kWh battery powering an electric motor at the rear axle. It is good for 150kW (201hp) and 310Nm, topping out at 160kph. Commercial availability is expected from mid-2020.