Volkswagen ID.3 (2020) Guide

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Electric Range

205 Miles

Avg Cost per Charge

£6.86

Battery Size

49 kWh

3.7Kw Charge

13 Hours

Connector Type

Type 2

Rapid Charge

Yes CCS max 50kW

OLEV Approved

Yes

Vehicle Type

Battery Electric

Charging a Volkswagen ID.3

Larger battery equals longer charging times. Additionally, with every upgrade, the vehicle has faster-charging capabilities. Below we’ve detailed each spec and charging times related to that model.

The ID.3 Pure is expected to be the entry-level model with a 49kWh battery and a WLTP range of 205 miles. Charging this model using a 7kW charge point at home will take around 7 hours to charge from 0% to 100%, providing an approximate range per hour of 29 miles*. The total cost of home charging from empty to full, based on an electricity tariff of 14p/kWh, will be £6.86.

Note: The ID. 3 Pure has a max AC charge rate of 7.2kW and a max DC rate of 50kW.

Charging Times**:

  • 2.1kW (3-pin plug) = 23h for 0-100%
  • 3.7kW = 13h for 0-100%
  • 11kW = 7h for 0-100%
  • 50kW = 40m for 20-80%
  • 150kW = 40m

The ID.3 Pro is the second-tier spec with a battery size of 62kWh and a WLTP range of 261 miles. Charging this model using a 7kW charge point at home will take around 9 hours to charge from 0% to 100%, providing an approximate range per hour of 29 miles*. The total cost of home charging from empty to full, based on an electricity tariff of 14p/kWh, will be £8.68.

Note: The ID.3 Pro has a max AC 3-phase charging rate of 11kW and a max DC rate of 100kW.

Charging Times**:

  • 2.1kW (3-pin plug) = 29.5h for 0-100%
  • 3.7kW = 17h for 0-100%
  • 11kW (3-Phase) = 6h for 0-100%
  • 50kW = 50m for 20-80%
  • 150kW = 30m for 20-80%

The ID.3 Pros S is expected to be the highest level available with a battery size of 82kWh and a WLTP range of 342 miles. Charging this model using a 7kW charge point at home will take around 12 hours to charge from 0% to 100%, providing an approximate range per hour of 29 miles*. The total cost of home charging from empty to full, based on an electricity tariff of 14p/kWh, will be £11.48.

Note: The ID.3 Pro S has a max AC 3-phase charging rate of 11kW and a max DC rate of 125kW.

Charging Times**:

  • 2.1kW (3-pin plug) = 39h for 0-100%
  • 3.7kW = 22h for 0-100%
  • 11kW (3-Phase) = 8h for 0-100%
  • 50kW = 70m for 20-80%
  • 150kW = 30m for 20-80%

*Based on WLTP range

**Charging times are estimates and will vary depending on factors such as the charger in use and temperature of the battery.

Benefits of owning a Volkswagen ID.3

Classified as a BEV, the ID.3 produces zero emissions which results in several benefits. Road tax, Ultra Low Emission Zones and London Congestion Charge all come in at an attractive £0. In addition to regular and yearly savings, this cute hatchback qualifies for the OLEV Plug-in car and Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS) grants.

What are people saying about the Volkswagen ID.3?

The ID.3 is regarded as one of the most hotly anticipated EV’s to launch in 2020. VW has made a pretty big deal about its electrified future, and the ID.3 marks the German car manufacturers first EV built from the ground up. The e-UP! and e-Golf have been conversions, and while VW has made a success of both, it’s the ID.3 that will show off its EV credentials.

Designed to be more functional than other EV models, such as the Leaf and i3, VW has developed a car that strikes a balance between the conventional and futuristic. Styling cues such as its exceptionally short bonnet, aerodynamic frame and large windows are suggestive that this car is different from the rest without shouting about its fuel source.

Herbie-esque details such as its fluttering ‘eyelids’ as you approach the car creates a level of charm that isn’t matched by any other EV around. While on the inside, the ID.3 feels ultra-modern and minimal with a digital screen as a cockpit, detailing relevant information for the driver; depending on your trim, this can be upgraded to the augmented reality head-up display unit, projecting info onto the windscreen. Notably, there are very few physical buttons with the majority of controls situated in the centre-console infotainment centre, which enables smartphone connectivity and voice-commands.

A relatively spacious interior and 385-litre boots space will adequately cater for a family of four on those longer journeys, and this brings us to the topic of range. The three-level options make the ID.3 one of the most accessible EVs on the market. Starting at over 200-miles, even the entry-level ID.3 could replace the primary car in many households. At the same time, its class-leading 342-mile range model should crush the range anxieties of even the most dubious drivers.

It’s playful and practical. The ID.3 has the potential to do more than just get you from A to B; it might just make you smile every time you get in it – or walk towards it.