Volkswagen Reveals ID.3, An All-electric Production Vehicle, At Frankfurt

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The company's new logo will officially debut on its ID.3 electric hatchback and will roll out to its full vehicle lineup by the middle of 2020.

It's by no means a secret.

At a Volkswagen Group event at the Frankfurt Motor Show, VW executives spoke about how the ID.3 needs to represent Volkswagen's return to its early days as a likable maker of fun cars like the Beetle. Features on the ID.3 First include a navigation system, DAB+ digital radio, heated seats and steering wheel and mode 2 charging cable along with 18-inch alloys.

Locating the ID.3's battery pack in the underbody helps significantly lower the car's centre of gravity, thus offering a positive effect of driving dynamics, says Volkswagen, adding that the electric auto has "optimum weight distribution" between its front and rear axles.

Ford, which got a late start in developing electric vehicles, past year sold 974,856 passenger vehicles overall in Europe. All told, it is investing about 11 billion euros, or $12.1 billion in the effort, part of its "goTOzero" strategy. The German automaker notes that LED lighting is the new chrome, so hope you like all the LEDs. In fact, for CEO Herbert Diess, the ID.3 will be "more than just a new model". All controls inside the vehicle with the exception of hazard lights and electric windows are operated by touch sensitive buttons. These figures are as per the WLTP cycle that is used for range testing in Europe.

The energy content of the largest battery is 77kWh, and its electric range is up to 550km. The mid-range 58 kWh version gives a range of up to 260 miles, while the top-of-the-range 77 kWh version gives up to 342 miles. The VW ID family of cars will enter the United States market later with a crossover SUV version. The new EV will also be able to add 290 km of range within 30 minutes through its 100 kW DC fast charging capability.

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For the first generation of buyers, Volkswagen is offering free charging for a year at WeCharge network stations throughout Europe. The batteries themselves are integrated into the underbody for optimum driving dynamics and weight between the front axle and rear axle. The company has not yet revealed specific torque or horsepower numbers, nor performance figures. There will be 13 cubic feet of storage space behind the second-row seats.

Production of the ID.3 is set to begin in November and VW claims it already has 30,000 orders on the books.

The top-of-the-range Max includes an augmented reality (AR) head-up display, Beats sound system, panorama sliding/tilting glass roof, 20-inch wheels, lane-keeping system, lane-change system, cordless phone charging and luxury seats.

"Only the electric windows and hazard warning lights are still operated using tactile switches", noted a news release.

Two more trim and feature levels for the ID.3 1 will also be offered.

Although the sensors are not sufficient for semi-autonomous driving functions like those found in a Tesla Model 3, the ID.3 offers all the assistants available off the VW shelf, such as lane departure assistants, or emergency brake assistants with pedestrian recognition. US peer Ford Motor Co. has already agreed to use the technology for a high-volume vehicle in Europe and is considering adding a second model.

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