German automaker Volkswagen has unveiled its first all electric vehicle (EV), the ID.3, ahead of the International Motor Show in Frankfurt.

The vehicle is the first in what VW is calling its ID. series. These vehicles will feature carbon-neutrality, full connectivity and the “impressive driving dynamics” VW says are associated with EVs.

“The ID.3 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,” head of sales and marketing for the ID. family, Silke Bagschik, said in a press release.

On the topic of range, the ID.3 will have three battery options at launch:

  • 45kWh with expected range of 330km
  • 58kWh with expected range of 420km
  • 77kWh with expected range of 550km

As for charging VW says that users will be able to squeeze 290km of range from a 30 minute charge, using a charging output of 100kW.

While pricing for the ID.3 starts at €30 000 (~R488 042) the first edition of the vehicle will sport the second largest battery and carry a price of €40 000.

VW is, as one might expect, offering buyers a chance to upgrade their first edition with ID.3 1st Plus and ID.3 1st Max. These models include a centre console with USB Type C connectors, matrix lighting, emergency assist and more. These models carry an additional price but VW did not outline the cost.

The ID.3 will also sport VW’s new logo which erm, well, looks exactly like the old logo aside from one or two elements changing.

There is no word on whether the ID.3 will be coming to South Africa. Frankly the only thing we want to know wasn’t addressed by VW – how do you say this car’s name?

We’re sticking with ID dot three for now and even if its wrong we aren’t changing our tune.

Brendyn Lotz writes news, reviews, and opinion pieces for Hypertext. His interests include SMEs, innovation on the African continent, cybersecurity, blockchain, games, geek culture and YouTube.