Volkswagen unveiled their new ID.3 electric hatchback at the Frankfurt Motor Show earlier this week.
With Gold sales contracting, Volkswagen is hoping to retain its grip on the small car market with a brand new EV. Called the ID.3, it’s a little 5-door compact car with a range of up to 341 miles--the best of any small EV.
The ID.3 is built on VW’s new MEB electric vehicle platform and based on the original ID concept which debuted way back in 2016. It’s about the same size as a Golf, but there all similarities end.
For starters, this thing is all-electric. The ID.3 comes with three different battery options, each with increasing price and performance. At base, the ID.3 comes with a 45 kWh battery with 205 miles of range. The middle 58 kWh battery provides 261 miles of range and plenty of pep at 201 hp. And the top of the line 77 kWh battery provides the aforementioned 341-mile range. Top speed is limited to 99 mph.
For the 58 kWh battery, a 100 kW DC charging station will provide 180 miles of range after 30 minutes, which is typical of current-gen electric cars. Volkswagen is constructing 400 quick-charge stations across Europe to help provide the ID.3 and future electric Volkswagens with infrastructure.
On the inside, the ID.3 has a 10-inch infotainment touchscreen and a button-less dashboard. A smaller screen sits behind the steering wheel and serves as an instrument cluster, although it won't show much beyond current speed and battery levels. There are no gears, and a single-speed transmission provides power to the rear axle.
The ID.3 also comes with a few neat features, such as a panoramic glass roof, Beats sound system, HUD, heated seats and steering wheel, as well as a voice command system that is activated by saying "Hello ID." The car can even distinguish between voices and will indicate which person it's talking to using interior lighting.
Best of all, the ID.3 is completely carbon neutral, with no CO2 being produced anywhere in the car's production or supply chain. This will finally silence EV critics that say battery production is worse for the environment than gas-powered vehicles.
Pricing starts at €30,000 ($33,000) but gets cheaper thanks to subsidies for electric vehicles. Sadly, the ID.3 will not come to America and will instead stick with a European release in mid-2020.