Volkswagen is not new to electric vehicles, but at the Frankfurt Motor Show in Germany, the German carmaker launched the first in its collection of battery-powered cars based on the fresh VW MEB platform, which denotes "modular electric drive matrix."
The ID.3, version of the company's fresh look, was lastly disclosed as a hatchback plug-in car comparable in size to the VW Golf and the first of several distinct kinds of electric vehicles (imagine a minivan, sedan, bus, and even a dune buggy) with the same electrical foundation that can be constructed on the electrical frame.
The ID.3 is expected to be more than just a concept car and will begin manufacturing with a battery range of up to 340 miles for mid-2020 distribution in Germany and ultimately a smaller battery variant of up to 205 miles. Fast charging ensures that in 30 minutes it can charge 180 miles.
The initial cost in Germany will be less than $30,000 Euros. That's equal to just over $33,000 USD, which for its latest electric vehicle is very near to Tesla's desired $35,000 base cost. VW considers this as a "mass" cost. Compare that disclosed last week to Porsche's first electric vehicle: the Taycan Turbo begins at $150,000.
Only in Europe will be available the ID.3 automobile. With 20 distinct e-models, Volkswagen intends to construct more than 10 million electric vehicles over the next 10 years. A fresh Volkswagen logo has also been disclosed as part of the fresh car line essentially a flatter version of its earlier "VW" model.
With the ID line kicked off, at its battery, body, installation, and paint installations, VW is moving to what it sees as a more sustainable production method. Volkswagen offers free charging for a year at WeCharge network centers across Europe for the first generation of customers. Over 100,000 charging points are accessible at first, at no price.
This is an effort to compete with the Supercharger network of Tesla, which also provided free charging programs in the early days. A pleasant fresh function on the "smart" electric vehicle: The eye-like headlights will look at them as a manner to say goodbye when the rider reaches the ID.3.