Published on May 10, 2019 |
By Steve Henley
May 10, 2019 By Steve Hanley
You hear the weeping and healing all the time for auto executives: "Oh, yeah. Nobody wants to buy our electric cars!" Then Tesla comes and gets over 300,000 reservations for his model 3 and the powers that get quickly and say, "Oh "It's just a bad thing. One really isn't interested in electric cars."
But a strange thing this week after Volkswagen announced that it will build only 30,000 units of its special edition ID32 electric hatchback. Within 24 hours, more than 10,000 people can pay up to € 1,000 to reserve one for themselves. It is scheduled to go into production before the end of the year.
The Special Edition model will include free electric charging for the first year, up to a maximum of 2000 kWh. Using the WWWWares Volkswagen app, drivers can use any chargers in the Yonity SuperFast charging network that spans the European continent.
The ID.3 comes with 3 battery choices for ranges between 330 and 550 kilometers as measured by the WLTP standard. The special edition cars will come with a medium size battery and 420 kilometers of range. The price for these cars is reported to be less than € 40,000 before incentives. Volkswagen plans to sell 100,000 of its ID3 electric cars a year – or more – once production gets rolling. The base model will list for € 30,000.
The flood of reservations surprised the company and crashed into the reservation site for a while. "This leads to long waiting times and interruptions in the registration process at some markets. Volkswagen is difficult to eliminate the hitches," the company said in a statement. "However, more than 10,000 registrations are being received across Europe in the first 24 hours."
The ID.3 is not intended to come to America, but the company says that may change "if Americans want them." The first VWV car in the US. There. This will be the ID.Crozz SUV, which the company intends to build at its Tennessee site.
Now the question on all the lips is, what will ID.3 demand be as the initial flurry of interest from early adopters? "We'll see," he said.