An ID.3 infront of a man who has opend the door.

Fully electric long-distance journey: driving to Amsterdam in the ID.3

Fully electric long-distance journey: driving to Amsterdam in the ID.3

It’s almost time: with the introduction of the ID.3, the future of electric mobility is ready to take to the road. This is a special moment for us at Volkswagen, too. But before we begin with deliveries to customers, we’d like to take another exclusive look at its qualities as a long-distance champion. How? With a 460 kilometer test drive to Amsterdam.

*Power consumption in kWh/100 km: 15.4–14.5 (combined); CO2 emissions in g/km: 0; efficiency class: A+

It’s 9:00 am in Wolfsburg. Time for an outing in the new ID.3. Progressive exterior, gleaming grey finish, tinted, frameless rear window – we’re ready for Amsterdam. Bags safely stowed in the luggage compartment, we enter the vehicle and are greeted by a generous and spacious interior that offers plenty of legroom. Push the brake, select driving mode. The car takes off like a little rocket. No gear shifts, no delay. The electric motor accelerates with maximum torque from standstill. 

Side mission: a surprise visit to the boss

On the road, you can feel how the battery system in the car’s floor lowers its centre of gravity, making the ID.3 incredibly dynamic to drive. And driving pleasure also comes courtesy of the small turning circle – since the motor is mounted on the rear axle, the front wheels can be turned to a tighter angle at full lock. This comes in handy when manoeuvring and helps us optimally into our parking bay when we arrive in Hannover at 10 am. We’re on a little mission here: we’re visiting our boss and showing his son what his dad’s been working on. 

Lunchtime at the charging station

At 10:30 am we hit the road again. On the way to our stop-off in Amersfoort, we realise again just how quiet the engine of the ID.3 really is – even on the motorway, from the vehicle’s interior we’re only occasionally aware of the sound of the wind or the tyres rolling. After a total of 300 kilometres we stop at 12:45 pm for a lunch break and avail of the opportunity to charge the ID.3 at the IONITY quick charging station at the same time. Only 30 minutes later, the car is good to go. We, on the other hand, need another few minutes. 
The ID.3 stands at the habour. Next to it, there is an app screen.

The screenshot shows an example of a charging process in the We Connect ID. App*.

*To use the We Connect services, you need a Volkswagen ID user account and to log in to We Connect Start with your username and password. A separate We Connect Start contract must also be concluded online with Volkswagen AG. Following vehicle handover, you have 90 days to register the vehicle with the We Connect ID. app and use the We Connect Start services for the full duration of the agreed free period.The use of We Connect Start mobile online services is enabled by means of an integrated internet connection. Volkswagen AG will be liable for the associated data costs incurred within Europe under network coverage. A smartphone with a suitable iOS or Android operating system and SIM card with data option with an existing mobile data contract or one to be agreed separately between you and your mobile data provider is required to use the free We Connect ID. app.  The availability of the individual services described in the packages may differ between countries. The services are available for the agreed contract period and may be subject to substantive changes or ceased during the contract period. You can find more details at www.connect.volkswagen-we.com and your Volkswagen dealership. For information on mobile data charges, please consult your mobile data provider.

Via Amersfoort to Amsterdam

After Amersfoort we still have another 160 kilometres to go. We arrive in the Dutch city, with its many canals and cafés, at 4:00 pm, and park the car in a small alley. The sun is shining, and the futuristic ID.3 is parked on the cobblestones of the historic Old Town – a combination of the best of two worlds, if ever there was one. Whilst we enjoy a sightseeing tour and meal with colleagues, the car waits at one of the numerous charging stations to be found in many of the Netherlands’ city centres.

The ID.3 stands infront of a castle. Next to it, there is a air conditioning-screen.

A comfortable and relaxing drive to our destination

Another 45 minutes on the road brings us to the end of our test drive in Amsterdam. Our conclusion? Thanks to its generous and spacious interior and a well-developed charging infrastructure, the ID.3 is perfect not just for daily driving, but also for city breaks. And, incidentally, a charging stop offers a great opportunity to get to know interesting locations and pleasant restaurants. Not to mention the fact that short breaks on long trips mean that you arrive at your destination feeling much more relaxed.