Volkswagen Has Already Received More than 10,000 ID.3 Pre-Orders

Volkswagen opened pre-orders on its first ID-branded car yesterday and has already received 10,000 orders.

According to VW, requests were coming in so fast that demand overwhelmed its site, leading to long loading times and interruptions. It won’t come as a surprise then to hear that the brand’s expectations were exceeded.

With more than 10,000 people putting down their €1,000 deposit, a full third of the ID.3 1st’s 30,000 strong production run has already been spoken for. The special 1st edition car comes in special colors, with 420 km of range and a price of less than €40,000 (a few thousand Euros less than a base Arteon in Germany).

While the total is undoubtedly impressive, it still pales in comparison to the furor over Tesla’s Model 3, which received more than 115,000 deposits in the first 24 hours.

Production of the ID.3 is set to start in Zwickau at the end of 2019. Volkswagen says that it has already produced 200 pre-production models and expects to build 1,500/day when production kicks off—though some may be Skodas and SEATs.

“The transformation to electric mobility is a huge task for Volkswagen, Volkswagen Sachsen and its workforce. We’ve successfully accomplished the first phase of that,” said Thomas Ulbrich, head of VW e-mobility in a statement. “Around half of the 1,500 new robots for body construction are already in operation, for example. The paint shop is currently being expanded and we’ll commence conversion of the first line in final assembly as planned in the summer.”

The ID.3 is the first Volkswagen based on the new exclusively electric MEB platform. Unfortunately, VW doesn’t plan on selling it in the US. We’ll have to wait for the production version of the ID. CROZZ crossover, which the brand intends to build in part in the US.