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Reservations for new VW ID.3 electric hatch hit 10,000+ mark

Volkswagen has received more than 10,000 reservations for its new ID.3 fully electric hatchback less than 24 hours after pre-booking opened.

VW says it’s received more than 10,000 reservations for the ID.3 less than 24 hours after pre-booking opened

Part of the new ID family of electric cars, all built on the same bespoke Modular Electric Drive Toolkit (MEB) platform, the ID.3 model is now available for pre-booking in 29 European markets where potential customers can register for an early production slot by paying a registration deposit of £750/€1k.

A day after pre-booking opened, VW has said that its expectations on the initial interest have been significantly exceeded; in some cases, IT systems cannot handle the flood of customers, leading to long waiting times, although the carmaker said it was working to eliminate the hitches.

Pre-booking gives applicants access to the ID.3 1ST special edition, which has a WLTP range of 420km (261 miles) and is expected to be offered for less than €40,000 (around £34k). It’s limited to a run of 30,000 vehicles, with production starting at the end of the year and first deliveries due mid-2020.

Volkswagen is also offering pre-bookers the possibility of charging electric power at no cost for the first year up to a maximum of 2,000 kWh at all public charging points connected to the Volkswagen charging app WeCharge and using the Ionity pan-European rapid charging network, co-founded by the Volkswagen Group along with BMW Group, Ford and Daimler.

The full ID.3 range will bring three production battery options, giving WLTP ranges of between 330 and 550km (205 to 342 miles) with prices expected to start at under €30,000 in Germany (around £25-26k).

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006.