Volkswagen's China-made ID.3 Electric Car Will Officially Launch on Oct 22
Automaker Volkswagen will officially launch the China-built ID.3 electric hatchback on Oct 22, the company announced in a post on Chinese social media platform WeChat. The launch of the ID.3 in China is expected to further boost VW's electric vehicle sales in China, which is the world's biggest auto market.
The ID.3 is VW's third model in the ID family of purely electric vehicles to launch in China following the launch of the VW ID.6 CROZZ and ID.4 electric SUVs.
Deliveries of the ID.4 CROZZ began in late March and deliveries of the ID.6 CROZZ began in July.
The VW ID.3 first went on sale in Europe last year. The China-spec version of the ID.3 was shown for the first time at the Chengdu Motor Show 2021. The automaker opened reservations shortly afterwards.
The ID.3 for China is being manufactured by SAIC-Volkswagen at its factory in Anting, Shanghai. The plant is jointly operated by Volkswagen Group and its joint venture partner SAIC Motor. The SAIC-Volkswagen joint venture was established in 1984.
The ID.3 is being built on VW's new Modular Electric Drive Toolkit (MEB) EV platform. It represents a new way of building electric cars for the automaker. The EV architecture consolidates all of the vehicle's electronic controls and reduces the number of microprocessors. The MEB platform can easily be adapted to many different sizes of vehicles and battery sizes while using common components to help lower the cost of EVs.
The ID.3 is equipped with a single rear electric motor that delivers a maximum power of 125kW. It comes with a 57.3kWh battery and a combined NEDC range of 276 miles (430km).
The ID.3 also supports DC fast charging. The EV can be charged to 80% of battery capacity within 30 minutes.
VW was the first legacy automaker among China's joint venture brands to deliver more than 10,000 units in a single month. Deliveries of VW's ID lineup of electric vehicles reached 10,126 units in September, a 44% increase from the 7,023 ID vehicles the automaker delivered in August.
The ID.3 is an important EV for Volkswagen as the company transitions to electrification. The ID.3 is intended to be a mass-market and affordable battery-powered car compared to the Tesla Model 3 sedan in China.
Volkswagen's former CEO Herbert Deiss even took Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk for a personal test drive in the new VW ID.3 in Sept 2020 when it launched in Europe.
"I think for a non-sporty car it's pretty good," Musk said in a video posted on VW's Twitter account after going for a spin in the new ID.3 with Deiss.
But now that the ID.3 is officially launching in China, Tesla is facing new competition in the world's biggest auto market.
The automaker is planning to launch a total of eight ID models by 2023 and up to 15 by 2025. In Sept 2020, Volkswagen announced plans to invest roughly 15 billion euros ($17.44 billion) in electric vehicles with its local joint ventures in China.
However, there are no plans for VW to sell the ID.3 in the U.S.
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