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Volkswagen’s first fully electric production car, the ID.3, makes its debut at the IAA in Franfurt

The future is rarely as tangible as at the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt with the debut of the new ID.3 from Volkswagen. This is the first fully electric production car of the all-new Volkswagen ID  family.

With a base price in Europe less than €30,000 the ID.3 has the potential to usher in a new era of large-scale electric mobility production.

“The ID.3 is the world’s first electric car with a CO2-neutral footprint. Consequently, it is making its mark: for innovative technology, for the freedom of individual mobility and for climate protection”, Ralf Brandstätter, Chief Operating Officer of the Volkswagen Passenger Cars Brand, explained at IAA today.

Like all members of the ID. family, the new ID.3’s design is based on the modular electric drive matrix (MEB) developed by Volkswagen. In mid-May, Volkswagen successfully started the pre-booking phase for the ID.3 1st edition – an exclusive special edition, limited to 30,000 vehicles, with a comprehensive set of features.

The ID.3 1ST will be offered with the medium-sized of the model’s three available battery sizes and deliveries have been scheduled to begin in mid-2020. The base price for this model will be less than €40,000. This price will include up to 2,000 kWh of electricity for one year following the day of the vehicle’s initial registration.

The battery in the ID.3 1ST has a capacity of 58 kWh. This battery will supply energy to the 107-kW electric motor and enable a top speed of 160 km/h and a range of up to 420 kilometres (WLTP). The ID.3 will also be offered with a 45-kWh or 77-kWh battery. The ID.3 with the 45-kWh battery will be able to travel up to 330 kilometres (WLTP) with one battery charge. Opt for the 77-kWh variant and the range increases to up to 550 kilometres (WLTP).

Also debuting was the new e-up! – the smart car.

With the new e-up! Volkswagen makes electric mobility affordable for all. The new and significantly lower base price will be €21,975 in Germany.

At the same time the four-door vehicle’s range increases to up to 260 kilometres thanks to a new battery system (capacity: 32.3 kWh usable net capacity). It offers smart mobility and zero-emission driving for companies, company car drivers and private motorists.

A particularly attractive leasing offer will be available in Germany at the launch of the pre-sales phase: anyone sealing the deal on one of the first e-up! vehicles between 18 September and 31 October 2019 will be able to lease the zero emission vehicle generating 61 kW/83 PS and including Infotainment, smartphone integration as well as air conditioning system for only €1595 a month.

Credit: Volkswagen AG