Of the more than 20 electric vehicles (EVs) that Volkswagen plans to release by 2025, a Golf-sized sport utility vehicle — VW I.D. — attracted the most attention.
There isn’t much to write about the I.D. because it is planned for release more than two years from now. However, many experts have compared it to the Tesla Model 3.
Designed to attain the highest safety standards in every category, Model 3 cars deliver 220 miles of range while starting at $35,000 and can get from zero to 60 mph in less than 5.1 seconds. They come with Tesla’s driverless autopilot features and are fitted with necessary hardware to improve several functions through over-the-air updates. The cars also feature regenerative braking, a technology Tesla uses to harvest energy from the brakes to boost battery life.
VW I.D.’s Are Just As Functional, But Cheaper And More Futuristic
The VW I.D. and Tesla Model 3 are very similar. Both are electric cars designed with the driverless concept in mind. Both are equipped with features that enhance driver and passenger comfort and safety. And both try to minimize energy wastage, always saving any excesses in the battery.
However, while the Model 3 is designed for today, it Volkswagen has one eye on the future with its I.D. There are a few clear-cut differences between the Model 3 and the I.D., including:
- The I.D. concept
As the name suggests, the VW I.D. is built on the idea of giving each VW driver an ID. The ID is an individual profile in which the personal seat, air conditioning settings, sound system settings, your favorite radio stations and songs, exterior sounds, the type of lighting and many other details are saved. The profile can be securely accessed via the cloud, allowing the car to identify users by their smartphone and know exactly who is getting behind the wheel.
- Range difference
The 168-horsepower I.D. will have a range of 175 to 265 miles. Going by Tesla’s recent statement, the Model 3, has a range of roughly 215 miles.
- I.D.’s cost $8,000 less
The four-door I.D. is expected to be up to 25 percent cheaper than Model 3. During the Automobile Forum 2017 in Germany, Thomas Sedran, Volkswagen head of Group Strategy, disclosed the I.D. will cost $7,000 to $8,000 less than the Model 3. Considering that Model 3 prices start at $35,000, it is expected VW I.D.’s will sell at about $28,000.
Trend Motors will be among the first to have the I.D.’s in stock when they are released. In the meantime, feel free to browse our new and pre-owned e-Golf and e-Up EVs.