Frankfurt Motor Show - Volkswagen has whipped the covers off its ID.3 electric hatch, a car that it says is its most significant introduction since the original Beetle and Golf models. This, folks, is the car VW hopes will get the masses into electric motoring.
Built on an all-new electric car platform called MEB, the ID.3 takes the form of Golf-sized hatchback, and it’s the first of a whole family of future ‘ID’ models, which will eventually include SUVs and a retro reincarnation of the original Kombi inspired by the ID Buzz concept.
European pricing starts at 30 000 euro (R489 000), which puts it in the upper end of the Golf price range in that region - bearing in mind that batteries are still extremely expensive. However, when batteries do eventually become more affordable through mass production and the resulting scale, vehicles like this could become more affordable.
But is the ID.3 coming to South Africa? According to VWSA, it is currently too early to confirm the introduction of this model for SA. Which is certainly not a no.
The ID.3’s batteries are integrated into the underbody in order to optimise space utilisation and lower the centre of gravity, and at launch the electric hatch will be available with three battery options.