Volkswagen has big plans for battery-electric vehicles. The company plans to build 10 million electric vehicles over the next 10 years and the first of this onslaught has been revealed: the ID 3 hatchback.
The ID 3 was revealed this week at the Frankfurt Motor Show, confirming the production credentials of the first ID car; one that feels like we’ve been talking about it for many years already. The ID 3 marks the company’s first production car to be built atop its MEB architecture, which will underpin essentially every battery-electric vehicle VW is planning to produce, big or small.
Perhaps somewhat surprising, the production ID 3 has retained the future-focused design theme found on the concept version of the car. This futuristic look is meshed over a car that has a similar footprint to that of the Golf, but with a more spacious interior thanks to a longer wheelbase and more efficient packaging allowed by the electric powertrain.
Speaking of the electric powertrain, Volkswagen is offering three different battery sizes in the ID 3. The base model has a 45-kWh battery and a range of 205 miles on the European cycle. The mid-range variant has a 58-kWh battery with 201 horsepower and 261 miles of range. The range-topping variant will feature a 77-kWh pack that offers a total range of 342 miles. Volkswagen will also offer an optional 100 kW DC charging that can add 180 miles of range to the battery in about 30 minutes.
While this is the first production VW ID vehicle, it won’t be the first one in the U.S. The first ID model sold in the Untied States will be a new crossover the company is still working on. The ID 3 will arrive for sale in Germany in mid-2020.