odysseus2000 wrote:Interesting, if this article is correct, that the VW id3 will initially be the high performance model first at Eur 30k with the base not for another year:
If the article is correct and VW are putting out a decent sized (golf dimensions outside, bigger inside), 340 mile range BEV built to VW standards for £26k I'd imagine they are going to be busy making them for sometime. The £21k 205 mile version which would kill in today's market would be somewhat undermined by its big brother at those prices, whilst still making a great first/second car option for an awful lot of people.
odysseus2000 wrote:If this is all correct it seems VW took from 2016 (announcement) to 2021 to have the base model available. Kind of slow for such a supposed skilled maker of cars.
Worth noting that the accuracy of the article has been questioned btl, along with a quote attributed to a VW engineer saying they are starting with the 62kWh and 48kWh packs and releasing the 83kWh version in 2021, which unfortunately is difficult to verify not least because it's in German.
It's also worth noting that VW have developed two BEV platforms in that time, extensively tested the ID3 pre-launch rather than using paying customers as beta testers and timed their entrance to market with an affordable equivalent of the best selling car in Europe just as BEV is seriously taking off in major markets. Rank amateurs...
Either way I've a good feeling about this. I'm beginning to think of it more as the BEV Beetle than the car Musk wanted the Model 3 to be although its not really an either or. Could mark a genuine turning point when it comes to BEV accessibility.
Nice to see a non-Tesla being talked about in such glowing terms btl as well...