The first electric car from Volkswagen – ID.3, was presented for the first time at an exhibition in Frankfurt фt the end of 2019. And on November 4, the world’s largest car manufacturer in a solemn atmosphere in the presence of German Chancellor Angela Merkel launched the serial production of ID.3. The electric car will roll off the assembly line in Zwickau, a city in the eastern German federal state of Saxony with more than a century of automotive tradition. Later in the ID family there will be two crossovers, a minivan and a large sedan, which will also have their own digital designation. The head of Volkswagen, Herbert Diess, plans to make the brand the absolute leader in the electric car market. The plant in Germany can produce up to 330,000 vehicles annually already. And by 2029, the number of Volkswagen zero-emission models is planned to be increased to 75!
The Volkswagen ID.3 is the first model to feature an updated brand logo. It has lost its three-dimensionality and is now a flat part with painted VW letters, and instead of a black background it is now used white (for most models), blue (for electric vehicles) or red (for sports versions). By mid-2020, the updated emblems should appear on all manufactured models of the Volkswagen brand.
The hatchback ID.3 is based on the MEB modular electric platform with a traction battery integrated into the body’s power structure and an electric motor mounted on the rear axle. Machine length – 4261 mm, width – 1809 mm, height – 1552 mm. The wheelbase is 2765 mm. This wheelbase makes the cabin spacious and comfortable even for tall people. And the trunk with a volume of 365 liters will definitely fit everything – from a barbecue and potatoes, to a stroller and suitcases from vacation. The ID.3 has a 58 kWh battery that should last for 420 km. Using the fast 100 kW charging station, the battery can be recharged for up to 290 km in just 30 minutes.
From the point of view of basic ergonomics, the ID.3 is good – as, indeed, almost any other car of the Volkswagen concern. Before your eyes – a 5.3-inch display with three vertical widgets for “driving” information. Above the vents of the center console is a 10-inch touchscreen for the multimedia system.
Another annoying moment is the dampness of the software (Volkswagen had similar problems with the Golf): the first owners will have to temporarily put up with a non-working projection display and an unavailable App Connect function. So that this does not upset the buyers so much, Volkswagen will give them membership in the “Club of the first owners of ID.3”, which implies an extraordinary software update and a number of other privileges.