- Golf-sized electric car
- Basis for all VW Group’s forthcoming electric products
- Five doors, five seats and a range of up to 342 miles
Coming soon: Volkswagen ID3
It’s not overstating the case to say that the launch of Volkswagen’s all-new electric car could be as historically significant to the brand as the launch of the Beetle or Golf.
Electric offerings are nothing new to Volkswagen (the e-Up and e-Golf being previous examples), but up until now, these have been modified versions of combustion-engined cars. The difference with the ID3 is that it’s the first car to be built on VW’s all new bespoke electric platform (known as MEB), that will also underpin dozens of future all-electric model from not only Volkswagen, but also from other brands in the VW Group including Audi, Seat and Skoda.
Indeed, such is the significance of the ID3 to the future of the brand, it’s the first car to wear the newly redesigned Volkswagen badge.
The car will be available with three different battery sizes. The basic one has a 45 kWh capacity and delivers a range of up to 205 miles (as per WLTP). The entry price for this version is under €30,000 in Europe, but UK prices are yet to be confirmed. The mid-range 58 kWh version gives a range of up to 260 miles, while the top-of-the-range 77 kWh version gives up to 342 miles.
With the ID3’s fast charging capability, a 100 kW charger can give the car 180 miles worth of range in just 30 minutes.