VW ID.3 has a chance to become Australia’s cheapest electric car – but it might wait a little
The upcoming Volkswagen ID.3 could be Australia’s cheapest electric car if the brand can stick to its price targets when the new model launches Down Under in 2023.
When asked how far the ID.3 is for our market, Brand Communications Director Paul Pottinger said AutosGuide: “We are a right-hand drive market right at the end of the production chain.”
“And when it comes to pricing, we’re looking at the top of the regular Golf range, think of the R-Line, that $ 40,000 range,” he said.
For reference, the new generation Golf R-Line carries a price of $ 37,990 before the cost of the sticker on the road, so $ 40,000 seems like a conservative estimate. If we can assume the brand can actually bring the car here for a staggering $ 40,000, it would actually be the cheapest electric car in Australia and the current MG ZS EV champion, currently starting at $ 43,990.
However, we are told that an upcoming ZS EV facelift could raise the price of the electric SUV, giving the ID.3 another edge.
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“These will be circuit breakers,” said Pottinger of the ID.3 tailgate and the ID.4 SUV, “really affordable electric vehicles”.
When the updated Tiguan was launched two weeks ago, Mr. Pottinger announced that the brand is targeting a price tag of around $ 55,000, similar to the Tiguan R-Line, which VW said was “promising” as the R- Line the most popular variant of variant is the Tiguan range.
Timing for the “really affordable” couple? The brand couldn’t close a window as a combination of high demand in Europe and what appears to be an anti-electric vehicle taxation approach by many Australian states is putting things on hold.
“We originally spoke of 2022, but now it could be 2023,” said Pottinger.
“Why should Australia be a priority? We’re not even calling for EV incentives, just a level playing field, but Victoria’s hair-raising toll is the embodiment of a deterrent. “
The ID.3 has been on the market for some time in Europe, where VW says there is “huge demand” driven by the hatchback’s relative affordability and generous tax incentives.
The electric hatch can be selected with 45kWh (up to 350km range), 58kWh (up to 420km range) or 77kWh (up to 550km range – all according to the stricter WLTP range standards). It’s worth noting that even the cheapest 45 kWh version in its home market of Germany costs around $ 50,000, although its 350 km WLTP range is better than that of the MG ZS EV (263 km range), Hyundai Ioniq (from $ 48,790 BOCs – 311 km range) and base Nissan Leaf (from $ 49,990 BOCs – 270 km range).
In contrast to all of these competitors, the ID.3 is based on a tailor-made all-electric MEB platform and offers advantages such as a more open floor plan, a more integrated high-voltage electronics platform and more flexible charging (higher variants can be charged with direct current). at 125 kW and AC at 11 kW compared to 100 kW or 7.2 kW for each type of charging at competitors).
Stay tuned while we have an ear for more accurate start times and specs for the ID.3, which is now expected sometime in 2023.