Volkswagen has strengthened its EV rollout in China as part of its Accelerate strategy. The ID.3, one of the best-selling electric vehicles in many European countries, will also be available in the world’s largest market for e-mobility from the fourth quarter.
The compact car held its Chinese premiere at the Chengdu Motor Show. “Volkswagen’s global electrification offensive is rapidly gaining further momentum. After the ID.4 and the ID.6, we are now launching the ID.3 as the third all-electric model series in China within a mere six months. We are thus underscoring our ambition to occupy a leading position in the market for electric vehicles in China as well as Europe,” Volkswagen CEO Ralf Brandstätter said.
Chinese customers will be able to reserve an ID.3 via a pre-booking system, prior to the market launch in October. Recent months have already seen a growing number of customers choosing an ID.4 or ID.6 SUVs, VW said.
As a result, deliveries of vehicles from the ID. family have doubled in the past three months from 1,500 units in May, to some 3,000 in June, and 5,800 in July. That placed Volkswagen among the top 10 manufacturers in the Chinese e-car market in July.
By year-end, 80,000 to 100,000 vehicles from the ID. family are to be delivered to customers in China, subject to the supply situation for semiconductors.
The ID.3 is powered by a choice of 48, 58, and 77kWh batteries. These batteries offer a range between 330 to 550 kilometers, and are paired to an electric motor that generates 200hp and 310Nm of torque.
Among the car’s equipment are heated front seats, voice control, navigation, Adaptive Cruise Control, keyless entry, IQ. Light LED matrix headlights with Welcome Light function, a dual-tone exterior, and 19-inch wheels.
By 2030, Volkswagen intends to increase the share of its all-electric vehicle deliveries in Europe to over 70 percent. In North America and China, the brand is targeting an EV share of over 50 percent.
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