Volkswagen reveals its first mass-production EV

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Words: Nile Bijoux
10 Sep 2019

Volkswagen has finally taken the covers off its first fully-electric vehicle, the ID.3.

It’s the first of many planned vehicles that will use the firm’s modular MEB platform, offering autonomous capabilities and a range of up to 550km, depending on the battery option.

VW has mounted the flat battery pack underneath the car to save space with auxiliary units like the AC compressor and steering rack up front. The electric motor is mounted on the rear axle, helping the car to achieve a frontal drag coefficient of 0.267Cd, says VW. The minimum kerb weight is stated at 1719kg.

Three different battery options will be available; 45kWh, 58kWh and 77kWh. Respectively, they offer a range of 330km, 420km or 550km. The battery is capable of being recharged with a maximum charging output of 7.2kW (AC) and 50kW (DC). Ticking an option box gets you 100kW DC charging.

Expect it to “accelerate rapidly,” says VW, thanks to a 150kW/310Nm motor. No hard performance figures are given although the top speed is limited to 160km/h.

If you like being an early adopter, VW is offering the ID.3 in 1st Edition guise for an undisclosed period of time in three versions. In its base form, the 1st Edition gets sat nav, heated front seats and steering wheel and 18-inch alloys. VW says it’s comparable to the Comfort equipment line in the compact vehicle segment on the European market.

Moving up to the Plus version adds a parking camera, adaptive cruise control, keyless access and system start, more refined upholstery, tinted windows, matrix LED headlights and 19-inch wheels. Finally, the ID.3 1st Max cranks things up with a head-up display, Beats premium audio system, panoramic roof, and 20s.

Local pricing and spec are yet to be announced but the entry-level ID.3 will retail for less than €30,000 in Germany. For reference, a Golf Highline starts at €27,670 in Germany, and $39,990 here.

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