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Volkswagen reveals ID3 at Frankfurt motor show

Volkswagen has revealed the production version of its ID3 electric vehicle at the Frankfurt motor show.

It is the company’s first purpose-built electric vehicle and is expected to arrive in the UK next summer. Prices have not been confirmed yet, but in Germany the vehicle is expected to be priced from 30,000 Euros prior to Government subsidies being added on.

Three battery size options are available – a 45 kWh (offering a range of 205 miles), a 58 kWh offering (providing a range of 260 miles) and the largest unit – a 77 kWh battery –  and its electric range is up to 360 miles.

According to Volkswagen, it is possible to charge the ID3 sufficiently for a range of around 180 miles within 30 minutes, using a charging output of 100 kW.

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The entry-level version of the ID3 (1st) includes a satnav, DAB, seat heating and steering wheel heating, armrests at the front, a Mode-2 charging cable and 18-inch alloy wheels, while the ID3 1st Plus additionally features a rear view camera system, Adaptive Cruise Control and the keyless locking and starting system. It also has 19-inch wheels, LED matric headlights and tinted windows.

The range-topping ID.3 1st Max, meanwhile, includes an augmented reality head-up display, Beats sound system, panorama sliding/tilting glass roof and 20-inch wheels. It also has a lane keeping system with Emergency Assist, a lane change system, wireless phoney charging and comfort seats.

“The ID3 is an all-rounder that is suitable for everyday use. It is compact, as such offering the manoeuvrability of a small car with the interior space of a mid-range vehicle. It combines exciting design with innovative technology and significant range,” said Silke Bagschik, head of sales and marketing for the ID vehicles.