Despite rumours of problems with the car’s software, Volkswagen plans to deliver 30,000 units of its new ID.3 battery-electric hatchback starting in a few months.
VW claims that ownership costs for its ID.3 — in Europe, where fuel prices are generally higher — will be lower than for a comparable gasoline-powered vehicle.
The carmaker says the base ID.3 will cost €23,430 ($26,020 U.S.) in Germany after the €6,000 ($6,663 U.S.) environmental bonus the government offers for electric vehicles. That buys the 148-horsepower EV with the smallest 45-kWh battery and a range of up to 205 miles on the WLTP cycle.
The ID.3’s price would be €2,470 ($2,743 U.S.) less than the e-Golf based on the Mk7 Golf platform, and €3,360 ($3,731 U.S.) less than the new ICE-powered Mk8 Golf. On top of that, Volkswagen believes owners will save roughly €840 ($933 U.S.) per year thanks to lower refueling and insurance costs, and not having to pay for oil changes or the road vehicle tax. The savings come with packaging benefits, too. The MEB-based electric car is almost an inch longer than the new Golf and 0.8 inch wider, on a wheelbase that’s 5.7 inches longer. The wheelbase translates into rear passenger legroom equivalent to a Passat, although that takes a chunk out of cargo room with the rear seats up — the ID.3 can swallow 13.6 cubic feet, the outgoing Mk7 Golf holds 17.4 cu. ft.
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