The new Volkswagen ID.3 revealed at an event at Weston Airport, Dublin

Volkswagen ID.3 Preview In Dublin

The new Volkswagen ID.3 revealed at an event at Weston Airport, Dublin
The new Volkswagen ID.3 revealed at an event at Weston Airport, Dublin

Volkswagen Ireland gave us a preview of the exciting new ID.3 in Dublin. The ID.3 is a hugely significant vehicle being the first of a new generation of electric vehicles from Volkswagen. It’s built on the brand’s new modular electric drive matrix MEB platform and will be hitting Irish roads in summer 2020. Here's what we learned:

Pre-orders and deliveries

Over 400 people in Ireland have already pre-booked the new Volkswagen ID.3 online. The word from Volkswagen Ireland is that if you want to drive this car in 2020, then you need to pre-order now as once the quota of vehicles allocated for Ireland is reached, bookings can no longer be made. Customers who pre-ordered will receive their cars first when the ID.3 arrives in Ireland in summer 2020.

Pricing

The ID.3 1st  edition will start from less than €40,000, ID.3 1st Plus from less than €45,000, and the ID.3 Max from less than €50,000. These are the models that will arrive in Ireland first with 58 kWh battery, a range of 420 km (WLTP) and 204 hp. The new Volkswagen ID.3 will cost under €30,000 for the entry-level 45 kWh car with 330 km range, after government grants. This model will arrive in Ireland at the end of 2020.

Finance

Aside from PCP and Hire Purchase, Volkswagen is also offering the new ID plan to help buyers finance the car. It's a similar product structure to PCP but with a higher guaranteed future value, lower or no deposit, and 3 options upon contract end.

The interior of the new ID.3
The interior of the new ID.3

Specifications

We now know that in Ireland the ID.3 1st will have 18" alloys, wireless app connect, navigation with Internet, 100 kw DC charging, hello ID voice control and the ID light. The 1st Plus will have 19" alloys, privacy glass, matrix LED lights, bi colour appearance, rear view camera, design seats and interior ambient lighting with 30 colours. The 1st Max will have 20" alloys, panoramic roof, BEATS audio sound system, augmented reality head up display, and comfort seats with massage function.

Colours

There will be four colours available: Makena Turquoise, Manganese Grey, Moonstone Grey, and Glacier White.

Charging

Charging varies from 80% charge in just 27 minutes at an Ionity charger or 5.5 to 8.5 hours at home. Through the Volkswagen We Charge card, buyers can avail of free public charging for one year or 2000 kWh.

The ID.3 1st edition is expected in Ireland next summer
The ID.3 1st edition is expected in Ireland next summer

The new Volkswagen ID.3 on the production line at Zwickau

Volkswagen Starts ID.3 Production At Zwickau, Germany

The new Volkswagen ID.3 on the production line at Zwickau
The new Volkswagen ID.3 on the production line at Zwickau

Production of the new Volkswagen ID.3 has started at a new plant at Zwickau, Germany. The large car manufacturing plant has been entirely converted to e-mobility, with investments running at €1.2 billion to support the Volkswagen Group's plans to sell 22 million EVs worldwide by 2028.

Zwickau is already scheduled to produce 100,000 electric models next year. From 2021, up to 330,000 EVs will leave the assembly line each year, making the site the largest and most efficient EV factory in Europe and a trailblazer in the transformation of Volkswagen’s global production network.

From 2021, six MEB models from three Group brands will be built in Zwickau.

The first car in Volkswagen's new generation of electric vehicles (EVs) – a white ID.3 – this week rolled off the assembly line watched by Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel and Volkswagen Group CEO Dr. Herbert Diess.

Group CEO Herbert Diess said at the ceremony in Zwickau:

“The ID.3 will make an important contribution to the breakthrough of e-mobility. It makes clean individual mobility accessible to millions of people and is a milestone for our company on the road to becoming climate-neutral by 2050.”

Thomas Ulbrich, Volkswagen Brand Board Member for E-Mobility, commented:

“The ID.3 is a high-tech car from a high-tech factory. With some 1,700 robots, driverless transport systems and fully-automated manufacturing processes, Zwickau gives a contemporary insight into the shape of forward-looking high-volume production of EVs.”

The new ID.3 will arrive in Ireland next summer
The new ID.3 will arrive in Ireland next summer

Apart from manufacturing at the Zwickau factory, the Components plants in Brunswick, Kassel, Salzgitter and Wolfsburg are also involved in ID.3 production. They manufacture key components such as the electric motors or the battery systems. The car manufacturing plants in Emden and Hanover are scheduled to begin building EVs from 2022. The Volkswagen Group is also cooperating with Northvolt to set up a major battery cell factory in Salzgitter.

The ID.3 will be launched to markets throughout Europe in summer 2020, including Ireland.

Over 35,000 international customers have already reserved an ID.3 and paid a pre-booking deposit.


The new Volkswagen ID.3 will arrive in Ireland in 2020

New Volkswagen ID.3 Priced Under €30,000 In Ireland

The new Volkswagen ID.3 will arrive in Ireland in 2020
The new Volkswagen ID.3 will arrive in Ireland in 2020

The new Volkswagen ID.3 has had its world premiere at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The ID.3 is the first of a new generation of electric vehicles from Volkswagen based on the brand's new modular electric drive matrix (MEB).

According to Volkswagen Ireland,  the new Volkswagen ID.3 will cost under €30,000 for the entry-level 45 kWh car with 330km range, after government grants. This model will arrive in Ireland at the end of 2020.

The first cars to come to Ireland will be the 1st Edition models. These will arrive in summer 2020 and will come to market under €40,000 after grants. The 1st Edition has a 58 kWh battery, which enables the ID.3 to achieve a range of up to 420 km (as per WLTP).

“The ID.3 is an all-rounder that is suitable for everyday use. It is compact, as such offering the manoeuvrability of a small car with the interior space of a mid-range vehicle. It combines exciting design with innovative technology and significant range,” says Silke Bagschik, Head of Sales and Marketing for the Volkswagen ID. family.

The batteries themselves are integrated into the underbody. This positioning has a positive effect on driving dynamics according to Volkswagen, as it moves the centre of gravity in the ID.3 significantly lower. Volkswagen also claims the ID.3 has optimum weight distribution between front axle and rear axle.

The long wheelbase of the MEB layout, combined with very short overhangs, gives the five seater ID.3 a spacious interior for a compact vehicle.

Inside there are also newly designed display elements and controls including a ten-inch touch display providing drivers with key system information.

The new ID. light supports drivers with an LED strip during navigation and can prompt them to brake in the event of any dangers. All controls – including those on the electrically adjustable multifunction steering wheel – are operated using touch functions featuring touch-sensitive buttons. Only the electric windows and hazard warning lights are still operated using tactile switches.

The interior of the new Volkswagen ID.3
The interior of the new Volkswagen ID.3