Will this vehicle be the electric counterpart to the Beetle? The car manufacturer Volkswagen (VW) presents the ID.3 at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The electric car should "after Beetle and Golf the third big chapter (…) in the history of the Volkswagen brand" become.

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The ID.3 is a compact car that looks similar in shape to the Golf. It has a rear-wheel drive with a power of 150 kilowatts. The car will be available in three different battery variants: The smallest battery has a usable capacity of 45 kilowatt hours (kWh), the middle one of 58 kWh and the largest one of 77 kWh.

The range also varies accordingly. It is between 330 and 550 kilometers according to the Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP). With a charging power of 100 kilowatts, electricity should be charged for about 290 kilometers in half an hour. On the battery VW gives a warranty of eight years or 160,000 kilometers.

The ID.3 is based on the new modular E-drive modular system (MEB) used by other Group brands, including Audi for the Q4 E-Tron. VW also marketed the MEB to other manufacturers, including Ford and e.Go Mobile from Aachen. VW also wants to show at the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt, studies of other models from the ID series. These should, according to VW "follow the ID.3 at short intervals",

A special edition of the electric car, ID.3 1ST, VW had presented in May. The car was pre-ordered over 10,000 times within 24 hours.

Mass production of the ID.3 will begin at the end of this year. VW wants to deliver the first vehicles in the middle of next year. The base price will be less than 30,000 euros before deduction of state funding.


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