Move over, Golf: Volkswagen ID.3 EV sales open to public in Europe on 20 July

Posted: July 14, 2020 by oldbrew in Batteries, innovation, News, Travel

VW ID.3 [image credit: Alexander Migl @ Wikipedia]

The car is about the same size as VW’s Golf model but weighs 200 kilograms more due to the battery, which has an 8 year guarantee. What is guaranteed is not clear. List prices for most versions are well in excess of 30,000 euros, but subsidies are on offer. Don’t all rush at once…
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Volkswagen ID.3 latest news

Even before the Volkswagen ID.3 goes on sale, it has managed to pick up an award – from carwow!

The ID.3 collected the Most Wanted award at the 2019 carwow Car of the Year awards, says Green Car Congress.

This award is given to the brand that has the most-read news story here on carwow – and the ID.3 scooped that accolade by some margin.

“Will the ID.3 be the electric car for the masses? The excitement the car has generated over the past 12 months suggests it just might be,” said carwow Editorial Director, Mat Watson. “It has consistently been at the top of the most-read news stories on carwow and we can’t wait to drive it.”

The ID.3 is a hugely significant car for Volkswagen and marks the third major chapter in its history after the Beetle and the Golf.

Full article here.

  1. JB says:

    Amazon has been posting ads of late how they plan to be net zero carbon by 2025, and have accordingly purchased 100K EVs.

    Oh boy. There goes quick deliveries. And “inexpensive” shipping.

  2. Kip Hansen says:

    Hey great – one can spend:

    “Without optional equipment, the ID.3 ProPerformance costs €35,574.95 (US$40,325).

    The ID.3 “Life” for €37,787.72 (US$42,834) is intended for customers looking for an economical entry-level product without sacrificing comfort. ”

    I could go to my local Nissan dealer today and buy TWO Nissan Versa Note SV CVT models for those prices and give one to my granddaughter.

  3. chickenhawk says:

    The Rabbit was priced at $18K ten years ago. Handles great but repairs are not wallet friendly.

  4. Gamecock says:

    Unless something has changed, the ID.3 will NOT be offered in the U.S. So greencarcongress converting all pricing info into ($US) is silly. Pretending it will be available?

  5. oldbrew says:

    More about the batteries:

    While drivers need not worry about the reliability of their batteries, as Volkswagen stands by its guarantee that the batteries will retain at least 70 percent of their usable energy capacity even after eight years or 160,000 kilometers, there are different sizes available that will suit one’s individual needs.
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    Some SEAT versions could be cheaper…

  6. saighdear says:

    OldBrew, that vw link is in OHIO! Just had a verry-interesting chat with them until they realised I was European. End of Conversation. Ha ha! the waffle from those folks.

  7. oldbrew says:

    Ah yes, Akron Ohio. As Gamecock says it won’t be sold in the US. Their mass market is mainly SUVs and pickup trucks.

  8. Chaswarnertoo says:

    I’ll stick to my V6 Alfa Romeo, thanks.

  9. oldbrew says:

    Volkswagen ID.3 vs. Volkswagen Golf — 5 Year Cost of Ownership Comparisons
    July 15th, 2020 by Zachary Shahan
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    Lots of data.
    21 May 2020
    New Dacia Spring Electric confirmed to arrive next year

    Bosses confirm the new Dacia Spring Electric will arrive in showrooms next year and set to become Europe’s cheapest electric car.
    . . .
    The electric hatch is a rebadged version of the Renault K-ZE that’s currently available in China.
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    Small, short range runabout.

  10. Gamecock says:

    “Cheapest electric car.”

    Cheapest doesn’t mean cheap. Like cheapest diamond ring.

  11. Do you need to install domestic three phase to charge these overnight or is it a two or three day charge?

  12. I think I answered my question above.

    To rapidly charge a Nissan Leaf, with a CHAdeMO (50KW) rapid charger,

    You could use
    To upgrade your supply to 70kVA.

    See here for typical prices:

    They quote from 2,500K to 5,500K per domestic installation.

    If the whole of the UK was required to upgrade!!! that is a big bill, disregarding where the electricity will come from and how it will reach your house over shared cables!!!!

    The ukpowernetworks site has a leaflet to illustrate the prices: UKPN13327 What Affects Price_UPGRADE.pdf

  13. oldbrew says:

    The EU is still messing around with the hydrogen idea, but despite the regular blurbs volume production is nowhere to be seen.
    = = =
    Latest claim re. lithium batteries…

    JULY 15, 2020
    New cobalt-free lithium-ion battery reduces costs without sacrificing performance
    by Nat Levy, University of Texas at Austin

    “We are increasing the energy density and lowering the cost without sacrificing cycle life,” Manthiram said. “This means longer driving distances for electric vehicles and better battery life for laptops and cellphones.”

  14. oldbrew says:

    Volkswagen’s Top Software Guy Is Dropped
    July 13th, 2020

    …everyone who has been following this story (pro-VW or anti-VW) knows that software for the Volkswagen ID.3 and the new Golf has run into big problems and is horribly delayed. Generally speaking, there’s a sense that Volkswagen Group lost many months or even a year plus of work on this newfound adventure to become a software giant.
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    VW discovers that software overruns are more the norm than the exception 🤔

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