The start of the new all-electric Volkswagen family is here, introducing the Volkswagen ID.3. Volkswagen plans to be king of the road with 20 pure-electric cars. With electric car registrations surpassing 100,000 in Europe - Volkswagen could soon be overtaking the competition.
Volkswagen's new range of all-electric vehicles have been given 'ID' in their name, and for quite some time, rumours had drifted around about the ID.3 along with some concept renders which seemed to be relatively far-fetched.
The wait is now over and Volkswagen's much-anticipated pure-electric vehicle offensive is racing upon us. VW revealed how the new ID.3 might look with a more detailed render, months before its official world premiere at the IAA international motor show.
This will be the first vehicle to launch from the ID family and is now available for pre-order in the UK.
In a bid to turn itself back around, and bring an eco-friendly approach to VW Group, a few words were said to announce Volkswagen's goals for electric vehicles in the near future, "With this campaign, the brand is willing to become the number one brand globally by 2025, with more than 20 purely electrically driven models and more than a million vehicles sold annually, all of which being both networked and emission-free." says Jürgen Stackmann, Member of the Board of Management Volkswagen Brand for Sales, Marketing & After Sales.
The production of the ID3 is due to start at the end of 2019, with its first vehicles to be delivered to customers in mid-2020.
The first editions of the ID.3 will have around 260 miles of range and 110kW fast charging as standard.
You will also be able to opt in for 2000 kWh of free charging for the ID.3 on your first year of ownership. This means that free charging will be available to you, if you plug in at a charging point, connected to Volkswagen's 'We Charge' app.
VW also plans to have at least six charging points located every 75 miles along Europe's motorway networks.
If range anxiety is still putting you off electric cars, Volkswagen might be the way to go. In 2018, VW announced that they will be installing 2,400 charging points at 600 Tesco stores across the UK.
Whilst the range of all-electric cars isn't as long as a traditional car, the gap is certainly closing with battery development and charging technology.
Although the interior of the Volkswagen ID.3 is yet to be revealed, in 2016 Volkswagen claimed the car will be capable of high-level autonomous driving, which would indicate that it will come with a high level of specification and clever technology.
The standard kit for the launch editions are likely to include Satellite Navigation, Voice Control, LED Matrix headlights and a contract-colour roof.
It has been mentioned that Volkswagen's entry-level price-point for the more expensive launch line-up will be "less than €40,000 in Germany". This means the first models of the ID.3 could cost up to £40,000 in the UK, although this hasn't been confirmed just yet.
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