New Volkswagen EV - ID.3 unveiled; top spec variant to get a range of 550 kms on WLTP cycle
Volkswagen has premiered its latest electric vehicle the ID.3 ahead of the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt. The ID.3 will extend the company’s offering and is the first model of a completely new generation of pure electric vehicles (EV).
The new ID.3 EV has an open space concept that offers more room on the inside than any other vehicle in its category. Encompassing the battery, supply chain and production, the ID.3 becomes the first model from VW to be completely carbon-neutral when it gets delivered to customers.
The base variant of the ID.3 has been priced under € 30,000. The ID.3 is also the first model to get the new Volkswagen Logo. The new ID.3 has been developed on an all-new modular electric drive matrix (MEB) platform that is specifically designed for an electric drive system.
The long wheelbase of the ID.3 on the MEB layout, and short overhangs have resulted in an expanse of space inside this EV. The ID.3 is essentially a five-seater. The vehicle also features completely fresh designs on the display elements as well as the controls that are said to have been ergonomically been laid out. The ID.3 also features a centrally positioned, ten-inch touchscreen display that will offer driver relevant information.
The ID.3 is said to sport an electrically adjustable multifunction steering wheel with touch-sensitive buttons. Further, it gets an intelligent natural voice control and with App Connect, the ID.3 can pair with smart phones within seconds.
The ID.3 is to be offered with three battery size options. The basic variant will get a usable energy content of 45 kWh that will offer a range of 330 kms on the WLTP cycle. The model above this will offer a capacity of 58 kWh and a range of 420 kms, while the top spec variant will get a 77 kWh battery pack and a range of 550 kms on the WLTP cycle. With a 100 kW charger, the ID.3 can be charged to offer a range of 290 kms on the WLTP cycle within 30 min. The batteries have been integrated into the underbody of the vehicle and also offer a positive effect on the vehicle’s driving dynamics.