Volkswagen receive 10,000 pre-orders for electric car in 24 hours

Volkswagen have reported that more than 10,000 people have pre-ordered the limited-edition ID.3 electric car.

Pre-ordering was made available this week and required a deposit of £750.

The high demand wasn’t anticipated by Volkswagen, in fact its computer systems had multiple issues coping with the high number of requests.

“This leads to long waiting times and interruptions in the registration process in some markets,” the company said in a statement. “Volkswagen is working hard to eliminate the hitches.”

ID.3 1st

The ID.3 is a limited-edition car which VW say will start to be delivered in April 2020. The car has a range of up to 260 miles and comes with a year’s free battery charging.

There isn’t any specific information around cost at the moment, other than that it will cost less than 40,000 euros in Germany.

What about Tesla?

Many publications are comparing VW’s pre-order performance to Tesla’s, who saw 115,000 requests in the first 24 hours of the Model 3’s pre-order open.

Frankly, I’m not concerned over who is receiving the most pre-orders. What I’m concerned about is the uptake of electric cars, and the news that VW have already had 10,000 pre-orders is great.

Competition is healthy though of course, so I look forward to watching manufacturers compete to get their electric vehicles out on the road.

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