As some of you might now, the word Volkswagen means “people's car”. While they now have a wide range of products these days, they want to go back to their roots with a totally different kind of automobile. No, it's not a Beetle revival; it's the first-ever ID.3, and they're pitching it as the people's electric car.
What's pictured here is no concept either. The car you're looking at is the production version is the one you'll find in VW showrooms...if you live in the West, that is. But before what we dwell on what we won't get, here's some things you need to know about the ID.3.
This hatchback is the very first standalone, pure electric vehicle from Volkswagen. They claim it can do up to 550 kilometers on a single charge, which is significant. City cars these days have a range of about 400 kilometers on a single tank, and seeing Volkswagen's claim could make the ID.3 an electric car that can actually go through cross country trips. With a range similar to a compact car, Volkswagen is hoping they can sway some people to shift to electric power.
As for numbers, they appear promising. From its motor, the ID.3's power figures are rated at 150 kw, which translates to about 204 PS. As it is electric, torque is an impressive 310 Nm and it's all available the moment you step on the accelerator. While VW didn't mention performance estimates, it looks like it can deliver lively performance.
So why is VW pitching it as the people's electric car? That's because of its price. Volkswagen is targeting to keep prices below € 30,000, which is about Php 1.7 million. While that still sounds expensive, you have to consider the fact that this family hatchback is packing pure electric power and not hybrid. With that in mind, it looks like Volkswagen is hell bent on making a people's electric car.