Volkswagen setting off into the E-era

November 05, 2019 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Volkswagen setting off into the E-era
Volume carmaker Volkswagen has started series production of its ID.3 electric car. The ID.3 is the first model from this manufacturer to be designed from scratch as an electric car. With the move, the manufacturer hopes to lead electromobility out of the market niche and establish it as standard in the automobile market.

With the ID.3, Volkswagen aims to achieve nothing less than a revolutionary turn in its product strategy. With its position in the mainstream market for compact vehicles, the new electric car could even knock the Golf off the throne, the vehicle manufacturer's long-standing profit maker. The technical data of the ID.3 is quite similar to that of the Golf in many respects like size, transport capacity and performance. Equipped with three different battery options between 48 and 82 kWh, the ID.3 offers maximum ranges between 330 and 550 km according to the WLTP standard. However, the price of 30,000 euros upwards is still slightly above the golf level.

The MEB modular platform will be used not only
by Volkswagen group companies like Audi or Skoda - 
Volkswagen plans to open it for licensees from outside the group.

The vehicle has a rear-wheel drive via a synchronous machine located on the rear axle with an electrical output of up to 150 kW (204 hp). Optionally, the ID.3 can be equipped with an all-wheel drive. An additional asynchronous motor on the front axle is used for this purpose, which provides a further 75 kW.

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