Order books have finally been opened in Britain for Volkswagen’s first car in the hotly-anticipated electric-only ID range.
The ID.3 – which is around the same size as a VW Golf – was unveiled last September, but eco-conscious buyers haven’t been able to place an order for one until today (22 July).
Currently only the launch ‘1st Edition’ version with a range of 260 miles is being made available to Britons, which will be among the most-equipped examples of the ID.3, though demands a high asking price as a result.
Order can be placed for the £38,880 car – though with help of the Government’s Plug-in Car Grant that fee drops to £35,880.
Available to order: Customers can – from 22 July – place a deposit for the first VW ID.3 electric cars arriving into the UK
Customers can go to the ID.3’s dedicated website and customise and spec the model they want before placing an order.
While the most fervent plug-in car fans will be rushing to get their hands on one as soon as possible, many will hold-out for when the rest of the range is made available in the UK.
In total there will be seven variants of the electric car to choose from when the full line-up hits the market in autumn, with cheaper models expected to ring in for around £5,000 less than the 1st Edition.
For the most impatient customers, they will get a plug-in model with a 58kWh battery pack and a 201bhp electric motor.
This provides a claimed driving range of 260 miles on a full battery.
Performance figures aren’t too shabby either, with the ID.3 quoted as being able to accelerate from 0-to-62mph in 7.3 seconds and onto a limited top speed of 99mph.
These 19-inch diamond-cut allow wheels and the black finish to the roof, boot lid, spoiler and side skirts are all exclusive to the 1st Edition cars
The VW ID.3 1st Edition has a 58kWh battery pack and a 201bhp electric motor.
This provides a claimed driving range of 260 miles on a full battery
Charging speeds of up to 100kW are achievable, meaning 180-miles of driving range can be replenished in half an hour at a rapid charger.
What separates the 1st Edition from the rest of the ID.3 range is unique ‘1st’ badging, exclusive 19-inch diamond cut wheels, LED Matrix headlights and a jet black finish on the roof, boot door, rear spoiler and side skirts.
Inside, it gets the range-wide 10-inch touchscreen, digital instrument panel and a relaxing ambient lighting system with 30 different colours.
Unique to all 1st Edition variants will be the ‘ID.Light’ full-width LED bar across the width of the windscreen. This can change colour and patterns and even be used to provide supplement information to the driver and passengers.
Pre-bookings for the car had been available from last year, before the ID.3 was unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
UK customers were able to book one of the slots – which rapidly sold out – for £750, and will be the first to receive their 1st Editions this year.
Inside, there’s a 10-inch touchscreen, digital instrument panel and a relaxing ambient lighting system with 30 different colours
There’s seating for three children or average sized adults across the rear bench.
Interior space is better than the equivalent-sized VW Golf due to a flat floor with the battery pack stored below
Separates the 1st Edition from the rest of the ID.3 range due to follow later this year is unique badges littered around the vehicle – like this one
Andrew Savvas, Volkswagen UK’s managing director, said: ‘The ID.3 is one of the most important cars Volkswagen has ever launched – and the British public seems to be as excited about it as I am.
‘Here, an overwhelming number of customer signed up as pre-bookers last year and placed a £750 deposit, even before they saw the final ID.3 unveiled.
‘In fact, during the first few hours of pre-booking demand was so unprecedented it momentarily crashed our website.
It has created a huge stir.
‘The ID.3 symbolises Volkswagen’s new electric future, and that future is here – now.’
He added: ‘At the point at which it leaves the factory in Zwickau, Germany, the ID.3 can lay claim to being the world’s first mass-produced CO2-neutral car.
‘Producing the ID.3 in this way shows that we are very serious about sustainability as we help to safeguard our world for future generations.
‘This is only the beginning, and I’m grateful to our UK pre-bookers for their interest and faith in our brilliant new car.
Very soon you will be among the very first people in the world to drive an ID.3.’
Anyone who pre-books their 1st Edition ID.3 gets 2,000kWh free roadside charging at various suppliers via Volkswagen’s We Charge companion app for smartphones.
This equates to 34 free rapid recharges.
The ID.3 will shortly be followed by the ID.4 SUV, http://www.pixci.org/JK0-022.html which is similar in dimensions to Volkswagen’s Tiguan.
While it hasn’t been officially unveiled, leaked images from a Chinese Government website have already shown the zero-emission vehicle in full.
Leaked: Images that had been uploaded to a Chinese government website were revealed online showing the full exterior of Volkswagen’s forthcoming ID.4 electric SUV
Images show the car from all angles and the different wheel options that will be available when it goes on sale next year
The pictures show the production-ready car with badges in place and mounting points ready for registration plates to be fitted