Volkswagenannounced that orders can be placed for its limited 1st Edition ID.3 in most European countries starting as early as June 17 and deliveries will be made by September. It will also come in three versions with the basic one selling for under 40,000 euros ($45,484).
“The Volkswagen brand’s large-scale electric offensive is literally taking to the road with the ID.3. This car underscores our mission to provide locally emission-free mobility fit for everyday use and affordable for all”, Ralf Brandstätter, Chief Operating Officer of the Volkswagen brand, said in a statement.
The basic first edition of the ID.3 comes with a 58 kWh battery that can generate 150 kW and deliver a maximum torque of 310 newton meters. The ID.3 can accelerate to 60 km/h in 3.4 seconds with a single gear. Volkswagen also lets customers choose the paintwork color and the vehicle interior’s color.
The highly-anticipated ID.3 also comes in an advanced version called "Plus" that costs 46,000 euros ($52,212). This version includes a rearview camera system, a keyless access locking and starting system, a center console with two additional USB-C connections in the rear, tinted windows, LED rear tail lights with dynamic turn signal, and 19-inch alloy wheels.
Finally, a third version called "Max" is also available for under 50,000 euros ($56,723) with an augmented reality head-up display, two additional loudspeakers, a large panorama roof as well as 20-inch alloy wheels, a driver assistant and electrically adjustable front seats with massage function.
The firm also revealed it is now "seeking to become the world market leader in e-mobility over the coming years and is, therefore, investing 33 billion euros throughout the Group up to 2024, 11 billion euros of which is earmarked for the Volkswagen brand alone." For 2025 alone, the brand plans to produce 1.5 millionelectric cars.