VW received 10,000 ID.3 orders in the first 24 hours

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Volkswagen's electric people's car looks like it could be a huge success

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It was a bold statement from Volkswagen to claim that the ID.3 electric car would represent just the third chapter in the company’s long history. After all, the first two were rather successful – the original Beetle and then all generations of the Golf sold rather well didn’t they?

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Still, if pre-orders are anything to go by, it seems as though the newly-named ID.3 could live up to that claim. Within 24 hours of opening up sales earlier this week, VW received a staggering 10,000 pre-orders.

All of those orders were for the 1st Edition spec, which includes the mid-spec battery and a range of over 420km at a cost of less than €40,000. Unfortunately, the camo-wrap above isn’t an option – we’ll see the final product at the Frankfurt motor ahow later this year.

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The first cars will start arriving with customers in mid 2020, and VW also says that its Zwickau plant is on track to be converted to a fully EV producing factory in the near future. Eventually, that one plant will be making 330,000 plug-in cars every year. Crikey.

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Reckon the ID.3 could tempt you into using an EV as a daily driver? Remember there will also be a base model, with 330km of range and a <€30,000 price tag, as well as a 550km long-ranger. Watch this space.

STORY Greg Potts

Author: TopGear
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