VW races into EV era with ID3

Dimensions: The ID3 is 4261mm long, 1809mm wide and 1552mm tall. At 2765mm, the wheelbase almost reaches that of the Passat midsize sedan. Standard tires ride on 18-inch rims, which are larger than the 15-inch rims used on the Golf.

Motor: Built in Kassel, Germany, using parts from VW Group’s Salzgitter plant, the permanent synchronous motor (PSM) has an output of 150 kilowatts (201 hp) and 310 newton meters of torque in the Pro trim level. The PSM helps accelerate the ID3 from 0 to 100 kph in 7.3 seconds, but the car’s top speed is limited to 160 kph. A less powerful version is also planned.

Battery: About 80 percent of the charge can be replenished in 30 minutes in the Pro and Pro Plus trim lines using 100 to 125 kilowatt direct current. VW guarantees the ID3’s battery will have at least 70 percent of its original capacity after eight years or 160,000km of operation.

Infotainment: The optional head-up display utilizes augmented reality to project navigation directions directly onto the windshield into the view of the driver, superimposed over the road. This is the first use of AR for the VW brand, setting the ID3 apart from the Model 3, which doesn’t have a head-up display.

Passive safety: In the event of a side crash, a new center airbag can prevent the driver and front passenger from colliding with each other. While the vehicle does not yet have an EuroNCAP rating, this feature must be offered as standard starting this year for a new model to achieve a top rating of five stars.

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