Recently, the German motoring club ADAC published its own observations on the operation of the Volkswagen ID.3 electric car, and they turned out to be quite interesting. So, about 2.5 years ago, the Volkswagen ID.3 electric hatchback in the Pro S version (77 kWh battery) went on long-term ADAC tests. During this time, the electric car traveled 100 thousand kilometers – enough time and distance to draw some solid conclusions.

For example, the relative real-world driving range. For the aforementioned version of the Volkswagen ID.3, the promised range on a full battery charge is 525 km – but according to ADAC observations, a maximum of 450 km can be driven in the city (where regeneration works). On the highway (where there is almost no braking and, accordingly, no energy recovery and reverse energy storage), it is less: 300-320 km, depending on the weather and driving speed.

Or here’s another interesting observation about battery charging speed. Under the best conditions, the battery can indeed be charged to almost maximum in about half an hour at a high-speed charging station. However, in cold weather, the battery charging speed drops by about 1.5 times, which means it takes about 50 minutes. By the way, Volkswagen has already updated the ID.3 electric car and its software, which, among other things, should affect the battery charging “logic” and make the process faster.

Finally, a very interesting observation is the relative preservation of the battery’s “health”: with a mileage of 100 thousand kilometers, it currently retains 93% of its original capacity (new battery condition). The ADAC club also noted an intermediate result: at 60 thousand kilometers, the Volkswagen ID.3 battery had 96% of its original capacity. So, the degradation process is small and quite predictable.