Volkswagen opens preorders for its ID.3 long-range electric hatchback

Volkswagen opens preorders for its ID.3 long-range electric hatchback

First off the line, a limited run Special Edition ID.3 1 with 550km of range is being offered in the United Kingdom and Europe from a starting price of "under €40,000" (converts to under $A64,200), and can be pre-ordered with a €750 ($A1200 converted) deposit.

Still, when Tesla opened reservations for the Model 3, more than 115,000 orders were made within the first 24 hours for a deposit of US$1,000. The new ID.3 hatchback - which VW hopes will be the electric-car successor to the iconic Beetle - will start at less than 30 000 euros, roughly the same level as the diesel variant of its best-selling Golf hatchback. "With the start of pan-European pre-booking for the ID.3, e-mobility at Volkswagen will become concrete for our customers".

Finally, there'll be the ID.3 1ST Max.

Volkswagen will bring the I.D. Crozz crossover electric vehicle to the US market in 2020, with an unspecified "largish" sedan introduced at the same time. "People really aren't interested in electric cars". For example, there'll be voice control and navigation, as standard.

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The ID range is understood to be planned to run from one to 10, with the numbers replacing the titles given to previously seen concepts: the ID Crozz SUV, Vizzion saloon, Buzz MPV and van and Roomzz luxury SUV.

It remains mysterious when it comes to the interior and above all its design. That gets a panoramic glass roof and an augmented reality head-up display. As a bonus on top, buyers of the pre-order model can charge up to 2,000 kWh free of charge for one year at all public charging points connected to the Volkswagen charging app WeCharge as well as in the Europe-wide fast charging network Ionity. Volkswagen said production is expected to begin at the end of 2019, with deliveries starting in Europe around mid-2020.

This isn't Volkswagen's first all-electric auto, but it's undeniably the most important. As of this week, customers can reserve a model - already more than a third have been reserved.

Volkswagen says the ID 3 First edition will be priced at under €40,000 (£34,000) in Germany, with customers in the United Kingdom required to pay a £750 deposit.

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