With the news from the Government of changes to the plug-in car grant, Volkswagen are quick off the mark to line up their range to match the new Government Electric Vehicle Grant scheme announced yesterday. Highlighting Volkswagen’s that fit new EV Grant scheme today that enable customers to benefit from this support. These are the e-up!, ID.3 Life Pro and ID.3 Life Pro Performance.
As the most compact electric model offered by Volkswagen the e-up! was enhanced early last year and was the first model in the range to display the new Volkswagen roundel. The first of the three cars being highlighted by Volkswagen in the line up that match the new government grant scheme. Since first going on sale in 2014 the car has almost doubled its range. A 32.3 kWh battery (net capacity) provides a WLTP range of 159 miles. Whilst much is made of the range of EV’s, especially given the infrastructure is still maturing, a range of 159 miles for a small e-up! would work in most cases. The average distance travelled is much less, often just a few miles so for city runs, these are ideal.
The e-up! represents Volkswagen’s most affordable avenue into EV motoring, costing £21,055 RRP with the updated plug-in car grant applied. The e-up! also offers an impressive amount of standard kit including heated seats, cruise control, Lane Assist, curtain airbags and smartphone integration.
The ID.3 Life Pro Performance went on sale late last year and has since gone on to be crowned ‘Small Electric Car of the Year’ by What Car? at its Car of the Year Awards 2021. It features a 204 PS motor and 58 kWh battery (net capacity), which provides a WLTP range of 263 miles.
Last month, the ID.3 Life Pro was introduced and offers a new motor option and lower price for entry into the ID.3 range. It retains the 58 kWh battery, and combines it with a 145 PS motor, while delivering the same 263-mile range as the Pro Performance.
Further additions to the ID. family, including even more affordable models, will arrive during 2021. We await the pricing and wonder if this scheme adjusting from the government will make a change for the manufacturers. For the ID.3 these include the Pure model with the smallest 45 kWh battery. Full details and timings of these new variants will be released in due course and I’ll bring you those as and when they’re available.
The ID.3 is the first of a new era of Volkswagen electric vehicles and although new, is another in Volkswagon’s range to fit the new EV Grant Scheme. It introduced the modular electric drive matrix (MEB) that will be used in 19 million vehicles by 2030. The ID.3 is manufactured carbon-neutrally in Zwickau, Germany, where the plant is powered by renewable energy. The car is also delivered to customers as a net carbon-neutral product according to the independent auditing body TÜV NORD.
“Volkswagen is the people’s car, and so we seek to make electric vehicles accessible to as many people as possible. On Monday we held our Power Day, announcing plans to massively increase the fast-charge network, improve recyclability and secure greater and more efficient (therefore more affordable) battery production. It’s all part of our drive to be the leading provider of sustainable mobility.”Andrew Savvas, Director at Volkswagen UK
|Volkswagen electric vehicles eligible for the plug-in car grant|
|Model||Power||Battery capacity (net)||0-62 mph||Range (WLTP combined)||Price1|
|e-up!||82 PS||32.3 kWh||11.9 sec||159 miles||£21,055|
|ID.3 Life Pro||145 PS||58 kWh||9.6 sec||263 miles||£29,170|
|ID.3 Life Performance||204 PS||58 kWh||7.3 sec||263 miles||£30,490|
These are just the first three Volkswagen’s that fit new EV Grant scheme and if you’re looking to take advantage of this, then make sure you also take advantage of the grant scheme for EV Charger installations. If you need help on the installations of your EV chargers, get in touch. We work with a number of market leading companies as partners to bring the best opportunities to you.
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