With the all-electric ID.3, Volkswagen wants to repeat the success of its legendary Beetle and Golf. A week ago, the model was launched into series production at the first EV-only plant in Germany.
The automaker developed this electric car for the mass market and presented at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2019. Will it become a people’s car?
On November 4, 2019 the production of the ID.3 at the Zwickau plant in Eastern Germany started.
Unlike competitors, like Opel, for example, Volkswagen invested in full restructuring to make exclusively electric cars by the end of 2020. Opel will produce electric vehicles on the same lines with internal combustion engine cars for a rather long period of time.
By 2022, the second EV production site after Zwickau will be Emden, a seaport city where the VW Passat is currently manufactured.
By this time, Volkswagen plans to launch eight facilities to build EVs: four in Germany, two in China, one in the Czech Republic and one in the USA.
These plants will produce a wide variety of models, but use the same components on the basis of the same modular platform.
It should help cut the costs of component parts and thereby lower prices for electric cars, which are still high.
Automation of production should also help reduce prices.
The price in Germany is about 30,000 euros. It is comparable with the new Opel Corsa’s (on sale since summer).
The German customers will benefit from a state incentive of 4,000 euros, that can increase to 6,000 euros for electric cars priced below 40,000 euros.
The Volkswagen ID.3 has already collected 35,000 reservations in different countries. Deliveries to Europe’s dealers will begin in the summer of 2020.
The driving range is 230-330 km (143-205 mi), 300-420 km (186-261 mi) or 390-550 km (242-342 mi) depending on the battery capacity. VW gives the warranty of 8 years / 160,000 km (99,500 miles).
An average motorist covering about 50 km (31 miles) a day will have to charge the Volkswagen ID.3 once or twice a week.