VW ID.3
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Volkswagen (VW) has unveiled its long-awaited ID.3 electric car at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor show. VW has called the car the first model of a “completely new generation” of pure electric vehicles (EVs).

The ID.3 has been preceded by previous battery-electric conversions of petrol and diesel vehicles, such as Golf-E, but the ID.3 is in a class of it’s own, built on VW’s shared MBD vehicle platform, the car has been dubbed the “people’s EV” mimicking the World War 2-era buy-line for the first-ever VW, the iconic Beetle, and is said to have “outstanding efficiency”.

Priced at approximately €30,000 for a baseline model, the ID.3 comes with three battery options, with the entry-level 45kWh boasting a capable single-charge range of 330 kilometres, a 58kWh variant offering 420 kilometres, and the largest battery packs 77kWh, for a range of up to 550 kilometres.

Volkswagen says the EV can be charged for a range of around 290 kilometres within 30 minutes, using a charging output of 100kW, but with fast-chargers rolling out across Europe that boast outputs of between 150 – 300 kWh, this time could theoretically be significantly reduced, increasing the appeal to urban drivers.

Ralf Brandstätter, Chief Operating Officer of the Volkswagen Passenger Cars Brand adds: “The ID.3 is the world’s first electric car with a CO2-neutral footprint. Consequently, it is making its mark: for innovative technology, for the freedom of individual mobility and for climate protection.” The marque, sold worldwide alongside its subsidiary SEAT, plans to launch 70 new electric models over the next 10 years as part of its transition towards e-mobility"