To demonstrate its efficiency in real conditions, the compact electric Volkswagen has completed a long journey on the road and motorway, far exceeding the theoretical WLTP range announced by the manufacturer.
The official range of an electric car is very theoretical. Depending on your type of driving, speed and environment, it can vary from one to two. Hyundai recently demonstrated this. Driving at 30 km / h, the electric Hyundai Kona managed to exceed 1,000 kilometers in a single charge. However, it remains an extreme exercise. To come back to reality, Volkswagen has chosen a route, let’s say … more normal.
The new ID.3 has thus left its factory in Zwickau (Germany) to reach the Swiss border, at Shaffhouse, north of Zürich. The electric compact would have traveled the 531 kilometers separating the two localities, with a full charge.
Felix Egolf, a regular in eco-driving, has managed to establish a consumption of 10 kWh / 100 km with the compact in its 58 kWh configuration. This is 30% less than the 15 kWh / 100 km costed by the WLTP cycle. The German brand specifies that two people were on board, including a cameraman and equipment, ie “approximately 250 kg additional”. Unlike extreme battery life tests, “the GPS, headlights, radio and ventilation were working intermittently or permanently.”
No question of driving at 30 km / h all the way either. Volkswagen reports an average speed of 56 km / h, with 44% of the journey on the motorway. Obviously, the ID.3 did not sail at 130 km / h on these sections, but it is getting closer to a more real trip than at Hyundai. However, this type of non-urban journey brings few braking-acceleration situations.
By calculating the route on specialized sites (Mappy, Google, etc.), the trip should have been completed in around 6.30 hours. It took 9 hours in this test, including breaks, so at moderate speed. The temperature, currently close to 20 ° C, was also ideal for the batteries.