A On May 25th, the series version of the new VW ID.3 will have its first big public appearance: As part of the soccer cup final between FC Bayern and RB Leipzig, the DFB main sponsor wants to present its new electric hope in full. In terms of appearance, it should be a bit like the Super Bowl, the final in American football. The early and large marketing surcharge alone shows how much Volkswagen depends on the new electric car. That's why nothing is left to chance.
As long and wide as a Golf, but higher
The car has already been presented to journalists, and when it was still in camouflage. Volkswagen announced the first specific data for the production car. For example the dimensions: The ID.3 is 4.25 meters long, 1.80 meters wide and 1.58 meters high. It almost exactly matches the dimensions of the current Golf (4.26 /1.79 /1.49 meters), but is nine centimeters higher. That has to be, because the battery in the vehicle floor is 14 centimeters high.
The compact bestseller is also the reference point in financial terms for the ID.3 VW wanted to offer its electric car at the price of a well-equipped Golf TDI. That only works when viewed generously: The ID.3 will cost more like a Golf TDI with full equipment. The price should still remain below 30,000 euros, so probably 29,990 euros. This version is not available at the start of sales anyway, because VW initially offers an early bird edition , which is available from just under 40,000 euros. The electric car could, however, be in maintenanceCalculate: VW assumes that the maintenance costs are around 70 percent lower than for a car with a combustion engine.
It gets a bit complicated when it comes to battery capacity. Not only because the ID.3 will be available with three different batteries and thus also ranges. No, in contrast to the other manufacturers, VW states their net capacity. This should create transparency, because at least seven percent of an e-car battery cannot be used by the driver; this reserve is retained to prevent deep discharge of the battery. In this respect, the VW ID.3 has the following gradation: 45 (net) or 48 kWh (gross) for a WLTP range of up to 330 kilometers, 58 or 62 kWh for a maximum of 420 kilometers and 77 or 82 kWh for the largest possible operating range of 550 kilometers. Charging takes place with up to three-digit kilowatts (maximum 125 kW), which means that an empty battery should be fully charged again after about 30 minutes.
ID.3 is just the beginning
Up Based on the modular electronics kit (MEB), VW wants to bring an entire model family of SUVs, station wagons and sedans onto the market. From 2025, the MEB cars should be more profitable than those with conventional drive. Until then, VW wants to earn as much money as possible with these in order to compensate for the high start-up costs for the new technology. However, the number of units must increase significantly by 2021, otherwise there is a risk of EU penalties for every vehicle sold that emits more than 95 grams of CO2 per kilometer (plus x, depending on the manufacturer). The EU also assumes zero CO2 emissions from e-cars when calculating fines, which is incorrect in view of the electricity mix with only 41 percent of renewable sources in Germany. VW itself recently calculated and published an overall CO2 balance over the life cycle of the combustion engine and e-Golf: because of the CO2-intensive battery production, the e-golf needs 100,000 kilometers to start saving CO2 compared to the combustion engine.