Volkswagen says ID 3 to be fastest-charging car in its class

At launch, mid-level trim electric will offer 417 km of range

June 17 2019, Matthew Guy

Volkswagen says ID 3 to be fastest-charging car in its class
According to the company, the ID 3 charging capacity taps out at 125 kW, eclipsing all other electron-fuelled machines save for the snazzy Audi E-tron; or Teslas hooked up to the company’s new 250-kW V3 Supercharging network.


Volkswagen is getting the buying public charged up about its upcoming ID 3 electric hatchback, with a new announcement the car can juice itself faster than every other mainstream electric on sale today.

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According to the company, the ID 3 charging capacity taps out at 125 kW, eclipsing all other electron-fuelled machines save for the snazzy Audi E-tron; or Teslas hooked up to the company’s new 250-kW V3 Supercharging network.

That’s where the “mainstream” detail in VW’s proclamation comes into play—we’re guessing the German automaker would consider those quicker-charging cars “premium” vehicles. Customers in about thirty European countries have been laying down deposits to pre-book an ID 3 for an expected April 2020 delivery.

When in full production, the hatchback will be available with three battery sizes, which will essentially represent small, medium and large—just like your favourite cup of coffee.

The mid-level 58-kWh version will be offered first, coughing up a claimed range of 417 kilometres. Two other trims, driven by 45-kWh and 77-kWh batteries, should be good for 328 km and 547 km, respectively.

Sized about the dimensions of a two-door Golf, the ID 3 is the first production car to utilize VW’s new MEB architecture, an electric car platform scheduled to underpin a myriad of models.

The brand aims to sell 150,000 electric cars, including 100,000 ID models, by calendar year 2020. By 2025, Volkswagen aims to sell one million EVs. Plans call for 1,500 ID family vehicles to be rolling off assembly lines per day in 2021, with about 10 million vehicles to be produced on the platform during its first product life cycle. That’s some dandy economies of scale.

Production of the ID 3 is scheduled to start at Volkswagen’s Zwickau factory near the end of this year. Those who have slapped down a pre-booking will be able to order their cars after it is launched at this year’s Frankfurt motor show in September.

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