Volkswagen has confirmed that the e-Golf will roll off the production line at the Transparent Factory in Dresden by the end of 2020 and VW’s new ID.3 will be produced here from 2021. It will be shifting focus to the ID brand to meet electric car targets (1.5 million electric cars annually by 2025) and the ID.3 is viewed as the Electric Golf’s successor.
It was also revealed that Volkswagen’s Zwickau car factory will only produce electric vehicles going forward and this plant will have an annual production capacity of 330,000 units. VW has stated that this will be Europe’s largest electric vehicle factory and six electric models from Volkswagen, Audi and Seat will be produced here in 2021.
The VW e-Golf was introduced in 2014 and the second generation model came in 2017. The updated e-Golf received a 35.8 kWh battery that powers a 100 kW (136 PS) electric motor and has a range of up to 300 km per charge (WLTP). The battery can be charged to 80 per cent in 45 minutes with a 40 kW DC charger and comes with a 8 years/160,000 km warranty. A full charge with a regular 3.6 kW charger takes 10 hours and 50 minutes. The car makes 290 Nm of torque, can go from 0 to 100 km/h in 9.6 seconds and has an electronically limited top speed of 150 km/h.
The ID.3 launch edition is superior in all respects, as it develops a much higher 150 kW and 320 Nm, with a range of 420 kilometers (WLTP) powered by a 58 kWh battery pack. The series production version will receive a smaller battery option (45 kWh) and a range of up to 330 kilometers as well as a bigger battery (77 kWh) with 550 kilometers. At a charging output of 100 kW it is possible to recharge the ID.3 to cover a range of 290 km within 30 minutes.
It supposedly costs Volkswagen 40 per cent less to build the ID.3 (as compared to the e-Golf), and the company has said that it would be priced lower than comparable ICE-powered vehicles in acquisition and operation.
Standard features on the e-Golf include 16-inch alloy wheels (“Astana”), LED headlights, LED daytime running lights, LED tail lights, 9.2-inch Discover Pro flagship infotainment system, Air Care Climatronic two-zone automatic air conditioning system and heated windscreen. Optional features include Active Info Display that instructs the driver to ease off the accelerator pedal whenever it feels there’s no need for additional power and a heat pump that optimises the car’s range in cold weather conditions by up to 30 per cent.
VW’s first electric car for India is the ID.4 which is expected to sail here late next year.