The first pre-ordered versions of the much anticipated all-electric Volkswagen ID.3 are now being delivered their pre-booker owners.
Volkswagen says that there still remains an opportunity for buyers to get into a limited-edition version ID.3 1st Edition. It is a specially equipped version of the 58kW version of the ID.3 , with a claimed WLTP range of 410 to 424km.
The ID.3 1st is available in three trim levels – the 1st, 1st Plus and 1st Max. As a private buyer, all are eligible for a VRT Rebate of €5,000, plus an SEAI grant of €5,000 meaning a starting price of €32,915 for a private buyer. Commercial buyers get the VRT rebate alone so for these Business buyers the starting price after grants is €37,915.
Volkswagen says that the ‘entry-level’ ID.3 1st comes with 18” alloy wheels, Discover Pro Navigation system, 2-Zone Air Conditioning and Adaptive Cruise Control amongst the standard equipment.
It adds that all ID.3 1st models gain the ID.Light – an LED strip in the cockpit that it says ‘visually communicates with passengers’. Once they have settled into driver seat, ID.Light signals to the driver that the vehicle’s drive system is active and that the car has been unlocked or locked. It accentuates information issued by the driver assist and navigation systems and signals braking prompts and incoming phone calls.
It continues on this subject saying that in conjunction with the navigation system, ID.Light reduces the stress of driving in traffic. By blinking, it recommends changing lanes and can also warn the driver if their ID.3 is in the wrong lane. ID.Light also supports voice control: it responds to the voices of vehicle occupants by sending a light signal. This indicates whether the voice control is responding to the driver or the front passenger.
All buyers of the 1st Edition models receive free access at public charging points for one year or a maximum of 2,000 kWh, whichever occurs soonest. This is accessible through the IONITY high-performance charging network, and all public charging points connected with the WeCharge service including the ESB ecars charging network.
At the IONITY charging points, six of which are in Ireland, ID.3 1st with a charging capacity of 100kW can be charged from 5 to 80 per cent in only 35 minutes, with all IONITY stations powered by 100 per cent renewable energy.
Under its electric offensive, the Volkswagen brand says that it is planning to offer electric vehicles in all the main segments by 2022. Volkswagen is seeking to become the world market leader in e-mobility over the coming years and is therefore investing €33 billion throughout the Group up to 2024, €11 billion of which is earmarked for the Volkswagen brand alone. For 2025, Volkswagen brand expects to produce 1.5 million electric cars.
In a foot note to their press release, Volkswagen tells us that at market launch, the distance feature in the head-up display will not yet have been activated. For applicable vehicles, a software update will be provided later.
Finally, Volkswagen’s second model the ID.4, which will make its world premiere at the end of September, will go on sale in Ireland in early Spring next year. There are no details on pricing available just yet.