VW ID Hatch To Offer Up To 345 Miles Of WLTP-Measured Range, Cost The Same As A Golf Diesel

VW board member Jürgen Stackmann revealed some interesting bits of information recently about the carmaker’s upcoming I.D. electric hatchback.

He took to Twitter to disclose some key details about the first member of the I.D. family to reach global markets. Stackmann says the I.D. hatch (rumored to be called Neo when it enters production) will offer a driving range of 550 km (342 miles) according to VW’s estimates based on the new WLTP testing procedure.

Converted into the more stringent EPA method, that would equate to around 290 miles (467 km) which is still a very good value considering the price of VW’s electric hatchback.

About that, Stackmann said the I.D. will cost the same as “a modern Golf diesel.” That’s pretty vague considering a current-generation Golf diesel costs between €23,875 and €34,550 in Germany (about $27,170 – $39,320) and fully-loaded models go well beyond that. Thus, no one knows whether the I.D. will start at $27k or $39k.

Base models will get a smaller battery pack for 206 miles (331 km) of range

Regardless of the price, the base model won’t get the full 550-km range. Top Gear claims the entry-level I.D. will use a smaller battery that will offer about 206 miles (331 km) of range. Speaking of the I.D. hatch’s batteries, their sizes haven’t been disclosed yet. However, VW has announced all I.D. cars will be based on the same MEB platform that uses liquid-cooled batteries with capacities ranging from 48 kWh to 111 kWh.

The automaker also said the I.D. Buzz Cargo would offer 48- and 111-kWh batteries for short- and long-range versions of 206 and 340 miles, respectively. Comparing the driving ranges with those of the I.D. hatch, it looks like the latter will use the same battery packs.

The I.D. will support up to 125 kW fast charging, allowing for an 80-percent (about 250 miles) charge in just 30 minutes. VW will also offer an 11 kW home charging option.

Stackmann also tweeted about the I.D. hatch’s ordering system which will resemble Tesla’s. “VW customers will be able to choose between models, ranges, colors and specification packages with far fewer clicks. We want to think more like customers, and less like engineers,” the executive said.

VW will be taking pre-bookings for the I.D. hatchback from spring 2019. The model is expected to debut towards the end of next year and arrive in dealerships in early 2020.

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  • ThatGuy

    BMW i3 (94 Ah): 37.550 €
    VW ID test: 35.000 € – your assumption seems spot on
    With that said, that will be the entry price, so majority of people are prices out of the market for one.

  • TheBelltower

    “..Converted into the more stringent EPA method, that would equate to around 290 miles…”

    Still very good range, though much less impressive than 345 miles of range. I’m looking forward to when we can see over 400 miles of range… which will mean a realistic range of 320.

  • An electric VW, what could go wrong?

    • Ryan Batties

      The wipers?

  • mailbox5

    As an alternative I understand used BMW i3s go for attractive prices now.

  • Vassilis

    Why does it need to look so weird?

  • jason wu

    Let’s do 150 mile range and cut the price to $25k then we have a winner.

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