Volkswagen unveils the ID.3

New Volkswagen ID.3
New Volkswagen ID.3

Volkswagen has finally officially unveiled its much awaited new electric car, the ID.3. The deliveries for the first edition will begin from June 2020. This is the mid-range version priced at under 40.000 euros. The cheapest version priced at under 30.000 euros won’t be available before 2021…


Let’s see some highlights of the press release.

At series production launch, the ID.3 will be available with three battery size options. The basic variant has a usable energy content of 45 kWh and enables an electrically powered range of up to 330 kilometres (as per WLTP). The entry price for this ID.3 version is under €30,000. Alongside this is a battery variant with 58 kWh, which enables the ID.3 to achieve a range of up to 420 km (as per WLTP). The energy content of the largest battery is 77 kWh, and its electric range is up to 550 kilometres (as per WLTP). Thanks to its fast charging capability, it is possible to charge the ID.3 sufficiently for a range of around 290 kilometres (WLTP) within 30 minutes, using a charging output of 100 kW.

The batteries themselves are integrated into the underbody. This positioning has a positive effect on driving dynamics, as it moves the centre of gravity in the ID.3 significantly lower. The ID.3 is also characterised by optimum weight distribution between front axle and rear axle.


New Volkswagen ID.3 interior


The first edition – the ID.3 1st – has a 58 kWh battery which is driven by an electric motor at the rear axle. It generates 150 kW and delivers a maximum torque of 310 newton metres, facilitating a maximum speed of 160 km/h for this 5-door vehicle. The ID.3 1st is priced at under €40,000.

The ID.3 1st will be offered in three fixed configurations that are geared towards typical customer preferences. In addition, the paintwork colour and the vehicle interior’s colour can be selected.

The basic version of the ID.3 1st includes a navigation system, a DAB+ digital radio, seat heating and steering wheel heating, armrests at the front, a Mode 2 charging cable and 18-inch light-alloy wheels.

The ID.3 1st Plus additionally features a rear view camera system, ACC Adaptive Cruise Control and the Kessy Advanced keyless access locking and starting system. The vehicle interior of the ID.3 1st Plus also includes design seats, a centre console with two USB-C connections and ambient lighting. Forming part of the exterior equipment scope are tinted windows, the exterior Style package in silver, matrix LED headlights, matrix side lights, brake lights, turn indicators and tail light clusters as well as 19-inch light-alloy wheels.

The top-of-the-range version, the ID.3 1st Max, also includes an augmented reality (AR) head-up display, the Beats sound system, a large panorama sliding/tilting glass roof as well as 20-inch light-alloy wheels. This equipment scope is supplemented by a lane keeping system with Emergency Assist, a lane change system, telephony featuring contactless high-voltage battery charging and comfort seats.


Battery costs roadmap by Volkswagen


The Volkswagen ID.3 will be available with three battery size options.


Volkswagen ID.3 Standard Range

  • Battery: 45 kWh (with TMS)
  • Range: 330 km (205 miles) in WLTP


Volkswagen ID.3 Mid Range

  • Battery: 58 kWh (with TMS)
  • Range: 420 km (261 miles) in WLTP


Volkswagen ID.3 Long Range

  • Battery: 77 kWh (with TMS)
  • Range: 550 km (342 miles) in WLTP



The Volkswagen ID.3 is definitely an interesting electric car. However, Volkswagen – just like any other legacy automaker – will only be serious about electric cars in Europe after 2021, due to how EU emission regulations work. I’ll explain this in more detail in a proper article.



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Pedro Lima

My interest in electric transportation is mostly political. I’m tired of coups and wars for oil. My expectation is that the adoption of electric transportation will be a factor for peace and democracy all over the world.

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2 years ago

Very cute. It will do well. And maybe VW isn’t serious about selling EVs for another year. But they have not invested billions in this platform so they can sell a few hundred cars each year.

2 years ago

Not serious until 2021? So, VW invested over 9 billion euros in a ev platform, has contacts with major battery makers and retrofitted Zwikaw plant for producing 300k vehicles annually. If that’s not serious, I wonder what is serious.

2 years ago
Reply to  Pedro Lima

They are not gaming, they are running a business, trying to revamp their injured image and, at the same time, preventing from losing money, as ALL others, I repeat ALL other manufacturers ate losing in every sale, that are transitioning from ICE to EV. You got to give VW credit for that.

2 years ago

Pedro, I’m allways confused about battery costs (e.g. 100€/kwh) in the media. Yesterday the news, that VW probably “calculate” with 100$/kwh.
Is this the real productions cost for the car maker (without profit margin). Or is this the price for the customer incl. profit margin and taxes?

2 years ago

This ID3 presentation was disappointing, no surprise as we can sometime expect in such show.
We did not learn anything we already know !

Ah yeah availability in 1-2 years, and trim levels will be call “Plus” and “Max”, to not be confuse with battery sizes I guess.

Still a great car but too close to a Renault Scenic.

2 years ago

I dont work for VW. I currently drive a Megane Gt. But I think VW is doing an outstanding job embracing EV. No other marquee (traditional ones) is even near in this tremendous project. By 2025, with 80+ ev models, VW will blow of the waters every concurrency.

2 years ago

The car looks OK, but is way to expensive. In Germany it will start at 30.000 Euro for the base version with the small 45 kWh battery and from below 40.000 Euro for the 1st version before government subsidies. In Denmark the starting price is set at 280.000 DKK which is over 37.000 Euro for the base version with the small battery and the 1st version will start at 335.000 DKK which is about 45.000 Euro. In Denmark the only government subsidy is that you don’t pay registration fee for EVs priced below 400.000 DKK (53.000 Euro). So the cheapest ID.3 in Denmark will start at 37.000 Euro. That is not what I consider affordable. A Tesla Model 3 SR+ starts at 370.000 DKK (49.000 Euro) this is only 4.000 Euro more than the base version of the 1st version. Why would you buy a VW ID.3 if you can get a much more luxurious Tesla Model 3 for only 4.000 Euro more?

2 years ago
Reply to  Lars

Don’t forget that you have to wait about 2 years to get the “cheap” ID.3 so you maybe have to pay 4.000 euro extra in gas cost before getting the ID.3

2 years ago
Reply to  Linus

I mostly drive electric, but a car with larger range would help to increase the electric part. I simply think that they don’t want to sell more EVs. The prices of ICE cars in Denmark is high due to the registration fees, but with the increased prices by Volkswagen in Denmark the EVs loose the no registration fee advantage that they could use.