Tesla isn't the only company that can take preorders.
Prior to the release of the Model 3, Tesla racked up over half a million preorders in just over a year, though it lost over 60,000 of them when the company could not fulfill orders on time. Volkswagen's upcoming electric hatchback, the ID.3, may not have the same overwhelming demand as the Model 3 (partially because it will not be sold in the United States) but the company has managed to pile up preorders in several European countries.
It was previously reported VW had already received 10,000 preorders for the ID.3 with customers plunking down €1,000 ($1,120) each. The German automaker now reports it has 30,000 reservations from Germany, Norway, the Netherlands, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.
"Before the [2019 Frankfurt Auto Show], we have already reached our target of 30,000 reservations for the ID.3 1st Edition. This success shows that the ID.3 is coming at precisely the right time. More and more people want to switch over to e-mobility," said Jürgen Stackmann, Member of the Board of Management of Volkswagen Passenger Cars. In addition to the preorders, VW says more than 100,000 people have signed up for the ID.3 newsletter, which provides new information about topics concerning e-mobility.
The ID.3 will be revealed next week in Frankfurt with a starting price under €30,000 (around $33,000) while the 1st Edition will cost less than €40,000 (around $44,000). VW promises a driving range of up to 420 kilometers (around 260 miles) on the WLTP testing cycle.
Buyers who opt for the 1st addition will receive one year of free charging up to 2,000 kWh at all public charging points that use VW's WeCharge charging app or the IONITY pan-European fast-charging network as well as other unique features and design elements.
"People who are still interested in an ID.3 1st or an early model in the ID.3 production series should still register with us," Jürgen Stackmann says. "Our markets are keeping waiting lists for potential purchasers. Experience indicates that there may still be some movement on the waiting list up to the deadline for binding orders."