Despite Software Issues: the Volkswagen ID.3 to Be Released Exactly on Time

Despite the fears of many experts speculated about delays, sales of the Volkswagen ID.3 will start on June 17, 2020.

Production of the Volkswagen ID.3 started in November 2018. However, at the end of February 2020, there was information about issues with the software, which was being developed at an accelerated pace. More than 10,000 specialists made efforts to solve them. German media wrote that the release of the models might be postponed.

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According to Autocar, German journalistsэ predictions will not come true. Delivery of the special Volkswagen ID.3 First Edition will begin as planned on June 17, 2020. This particular version was available for pre-order. In general, the ID.3 First Edition was ordered by more than 35,000 customers worldwide. Each of them made a deposit of €1000. This hatchback is equipped with a 204-hp (310 Nm) engine and a 58-kWh battery pack, which provides a drive range of about 420 km. A top speed is 159 km/h.

According to VW sales boss Jürgen Stackmann, British customers will receive their VW ID.3 First Edition in mid-July, about a month later than other buyers. But this delay is not related to the software issues and suspension of production at the VW factory in Zwickau. Additional time will be required for the UK government authorities to approve the electric car.

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The focus of the company now is on ID 3.

said Stackmann.

We’re almost ready, and we just need a few more weeks to get the software to where we need it to be. The entire team are working on this topic, and we want to deliver a great quality product on time – and that time is this summer.

In the UK, the Volkswagen ID.3 First Edition will cost from £36,000-39,000 ($43,600-47,300). Buyers will be able to choose from four body colors.

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The long-awaited VW УМ will have two modifications that differ in power — 150 hp and 204 hp (310 Nm in both cases). You can choose between three batteries of different capacities — 45 kWh, 58 kWh and 77 kWh. A drive range is 330 km, 420 km and 550 km (WLTP), respectively. By the end of 2020, Volkswagen plans to produce 100,000 ID.3 hatchbacks. It remains only to wait for an actual comparison with such popular electric cars as the Nissan Leaf and Renault Zoe.

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