When Ralf Brandstätter comes onto the Frankfurt stage, he holds both the automotive present and future with him. Next to him is the ID.3¹ – the first production model of the completely newly developed ID. Family from Volkswagen. “The ID.3 is the world’s first balance-sheet CO₂-neutral electric car. It thus sets new standards: For innovative technology, for freedom of individual mobility and for climate protection,” says Brandstätter, Chief Operating Officer of the Volkswagen Passenger Car brand. The basic price is less than 30,000 euros². The ID.3 has the potential to trigger the breakthrough of electric mobility for the masses.
The ID.3 will be flanked at the IAA by two further electric series models: the latest generation of the e-up!1 and the current e-Golf3. In addition, Volkswagen will be showing the studies of all other ID. Family models giving an outlook: the SUV space miracle ID. CROZZ4, the celebrated van icon of tomorrow ID. BUZZ4, the avant-garde sedan ID. VIZZION4 and the beach cruiser ID. BUGGY4. “Welcome to the start of the largest electric offensive in the automotive industry,” says Brandstätter.
These are the three electrically driven series models:
ID.3 1ST – The Visionary
The new ID.3 is based – like all members of the ID. Family – on the modular electric drive matrix (MEB) developed by Volkswagen. In mid-May, Volkswagen successfully launched the pre-booking of the ID.3 1ST Edition – a special edition limited to 30,000 units with extensive equipment. The number of people that have registered for the first versions has already exceeded this quota. Those who are still interested can still register though, says sales director Jürgen Stackmann. There is still movement.
The ID.3 1ST is offered with the middle range of three different battery sizes and will be delivered from mid-2020. Base price: less than 40,000 euros. Included in the price: Up to 2,000kWh of electricity for one year from the date of registration. The energy content of the battery in this version is 58kWh – this means that the 107kW strong and 160km/h fast ID.3 1ST will achieve ranges of up to 420 kilometers (WLTP). The ID.3 will also be available with a 45kWh and 77kWh battery. The ID.3 with the 45kWh battery will cover distances of up to 330 kilometers (WLTP) with one battery charge. If the 77kWh variant is chosen, it will be up to 550 kilometers (WLTP).
“You will enjoy every kilometer in this car,” promises development director Frank Welsch during the press conference. A turning circle just like in the up!, great handling, 310 Newton meters of torque practically from a standstill and lots of dynamics ensure this.
e-up! – The Smart
With the new e-up!, Volkswagen is making e-mobility affordable for everyone. The new and significantly lower basic price will be 21,975 euros in Germany. At the same time, the range of the four-door car will increase up to 260 kilometers thanks to a new battery system. A particularly attractive leasing offer will be available in Germany at the start of advance sales: Anyone who secures one of the first new e-up! vehicles between September 18 and October 31 2019 can lease the 61kW/83PS zero-emission vehicle including infotainment, smartphone integration and air conditioning for 159 euros per month.
e-Golf – The Versatile
The most popular car in Europe has also been offered as a zero-emission vehicle since 2014: the e-Golf. With the e-Golf, Volkswagen transferred the electric drive for the first time into the mass production of the compact class. The second technology generation of the electric car followed in 2017. The practical range of the 100kW/136PS e-Golf is 170 to 230 kilometers.
With its range, the e-Golf, which is now also much cheaper thanks to economies of scale, is now ideally suited to the user profile of those who travel by car in the city. Volkswagen is therefore using a fleet of 1,500 e-Golfs for “WeShare” – a car sharing model launched in Berlin in June 2019. In 2020, “WeShare” will also be launched in Hamburg and Prague.
1 ID.3/e-up!: The vehicle is a near-series study and is not yet offered for sale.
2 All prices and equipment data of the mentioned vehicles refer to the German market.
3 e-Golf: NEDC-Electricity consumption combined in kWh/100: 13.8 – 12.9; CO2-emissions combined: 0g/km; Efficiency class: A+.
4 ID. CROZZ/ID. BUZZ/ ID. VIZZION/ID. BUGGY: Studies