• Volkswagen unveiled the production version of the ID.3 earlier this week. Described by VW as the “symbol of a new era” for the brand, the ID.3 is the first model of a completely new generation of pure electric vehicles from Volkswagen and is also the first model with the new Volkswagen logo.

    In May this year, Volkswagen successfully started the pre-booking phase for the ID.3 1ST – an exclusive special edition, limited to 30,000 vehicles. As with all cars in the ID. range, the new ID.3’s design is based on Volkswagen’s modular electric drive matrix (MEB), with the batteries themselves integrated into the underbody of the car.

    The ID.3 1ST is the launch edition of the car and will be offered with the medium-sized of the model’s three available battery sizes. Volkswagen state the base price for this model will be less than £36,000 (after government grant), with deliveries scheduled to begin in mid-2020.

    This price will include up to 2,000 kWh of electricity for one year following the day of the vehicle’s initial registration. The battery in the ID.3 1ST has a capacity of 58 kWh, which supplies energy to the 107-kW electric motor and enables a top speed of 99mph and a range of up to 260 miles (WLTP). The ID.3 will also be offered with a 45-kWh or 77-kWh battery. The ID.3 with the 45-kWh battery will be able to travel up to 205 miles (WLTP) with one battery charge. Opt for the 77-kWh variant and the range increases to up to 342 miles (WLTP).

    The Volkswagen ID.3 will officially go on sale next year, with prices starting around £26,500 (after government grant).


  • Honda has confirmed pricing of their upcoming Honda e. Available to order now, the Honda e starts at £26,160 (after grant) for the base grade and £28,660 (after grant) for the Advance trim.

    The Honda e’s 35.5 kWh battery can produce 137 miles (WLTP) of range and be charged up to 80% in 30 minutes. Customer deliveries will begin in Spring 2020.


  • Another upcoming electric car is the New Jaguar XJ. Teased during the Jaguar Land Rover’s press conference at the Frankfurt motor show (IAA), the next generation Jaguar XJ will be an all-electric luxury sports saloon and replaces the previous petrol and diesel XJ which ceased production in July.

    It’s unclear when the 2020 Jaguar XJ will go on sale, with more information coming next year.


  • Another Jaguar Land Rover reveal at the Frankfurt motor show (IAA) was the New Land Rover Defender.

    Over 70 years since the original Defender’s launch, the new Defender has been completely redesigned and described by Land Rover as “fit for the 21st century, using the latest technologies to provide new levels of connectivity, capability and convenience.”

    Under the bonnet, a choice of petrol and diesel engines, as well as a Mild Hybrid Electric Vehicle (MHEV) powertrain will be available from launch. A Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) capable of zero-emissions driving in EV-mode will then join the range next year.

    The New Defender will be available in 90 and 110 body designs, with up to six seats in the 90 and the option of five, six or 5+2 seating in the 110. The model range comprises Defender, S, SE, HSE, First Edition and top of the range Defender X models.

    Customers will be able to personalise their vehicle with a choice of four Accessory Packs. The Explorer, Adventure, Country and Urban Packs. The exclusive First Edition model features a unique specification and will be available throughout the first model year of production.

    The New Land Rover Defender 110 is on sale now and starts at £45,240 for the base version and goes up to £78,800 for the 3.0 400hp Mild Hybrid engine, currently exclusive to the top of the range ‘X’ trim. The Defender range will soon be available with a short wheelbase 90 model, before a pair of commercial models join the line-up in 2020.