VW's ID 3 electric hatch snags over 10,000 preorders in 24 hours

Teaser for 2020 Volkswagen ID 3 debuting at 2019 Frankfurt auto show

"With the start of pan-European pre-booking for the ID.3, e-mobility at Volkswagen will become concrete for our customers". An ID.3 1ST Plus will get more lighting and a bi-color exterior and interior.

Volkswagen has no plans to sell the ID 3 the U.S., though it does plan to import future electric cars based on the ID 3's platform to the USA, starting with the ID Crozz later in 2020.

The 62-kwh battery is expected to give the ID 3 a range of 260 miles on the notably generous European WLTP driving cycle.

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Stackmann explained Volkswagen wants to expand its line-up of electric cars towards the top before it fills the gaps under the ID.3. The order books have opened today and VW is already taking refundable £750 deposits for its landmark battery auto, which will start from "under €30,000 in Germany" - or £26,000 in sterling. Probably the biggest difference between the I.D. and ID.3 would have to be the new lower air intake, traditional door handles, and side mirrors.

As for price, the basic ID.3 version will start at "under €30,000" ($33,600) and will travel 330 km (about 200 miles) on a single charge using a 45kWh battery. Updates will come either through the VW dealer network or over-the-air, said Jürgen Stackmann, VW head of sales and marketing for the passenger cars division. All models will be capable of 125kW DC fast charging.

The ID.3 will not be sold in the US, but it kicks off a new family of electric models, all of which will wear the ID name paired with a number. Zwickau will be in charge of making exclusively electric vehicles, with a production target of 1,500 cars per day by the end of 2020. They'll also feature advanced driver assistance tech.

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We may have only recently learned what Volkswagen was planning on calling its new, affordable electric hatchback, the VW ID 3, but that hasn't stopped people from whipping themselves into a froth and inundating the company with over 10,000 preorders for the limited-edition launch version vehicle.

The MEB platform will be the foundation for the Volkswagen Group's target of making 22 million EV in the next decade, a number Tesla will be hard pressed to match.

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