Volkswagen says it has received pre-orders for more than half of the launch edition versions of its ID 3 electric hatchback.
Customers in 29 European countries have been able to pay a deposit to pre-book one of the 30,000 examples of the ID 3 First models, which will feature a WLTP-certified range of 261 miles and will be priced at under €40,000 (£34,000) in Germany. Deliveries are due to begin in April 2020.
Volkswagen says that more than 15,000 pre-orders have been received since last week, with the greatest demand in Germany, Norway, the Netherlands, the UK and Sweden. Each country has received an allocation of ID 3 models, although it is not known how many of those intended for the UK have been pre-ordered.
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The Golf-sized ID 3 will be officially launched at this year’s Frankfurt motor show, after which those who have pre-booked a First edition will be able to firm up their order. Orders for the general ID 3 production run will also start then.
The first production car to launch using the Volkswagen Group’s new MEB electric architecture, the ID 3 will be offered with three different battery sizes, and Volkswagen says the entry-level version will cost less than €30,000 (£25,500) in Germany.
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Volkswagen has also confirmed the name of its first ID machine, which was simply known as the hatch – with the internal codename Neo – during development. Volkswagen says the ID 3 title is because three is the firm’s internal nomenclature for the compact A-segment, and because the new model represents the third major chapter in its history, after the Beetle and Golf. The title also “signals the potential for expansion” into bigger and smaller models in the future.
ID 3 production run will start at Volkswagen’s Zwickau factory near the end of this year. The firm is aiming to deliver more than 100,000 examples in 2020, with 110,000 on average per year afterwards. That is part of VW’s goal to sell more than 10 million electric vehicles in the next 10 years.