Volkswagen is promising the lithium-ion batteries in its upcoming range of ID. electric vehicles will retain 70 per cent of their capacity for eight years or 160,000km.
Although their warranty matches the industry's best, Volkswagen won't be trying to take down Tesla with its DC charge speeds. The ID.3 will charge at 125kW when hooked up to a suitable fast-charge station, comfortably faster than the just-updated Renault Zoe (50kW) and Nissan Leaf (46kW) but slower than the Tesla Model 3 (200kW).
When it launches, the Porsche Taycan will lead the industry with its 350kW charge capability, allowing owners to replenish 80 per cent of range in just 20 minutes.
Of course, most people will do the majority of their charging on AC connectors, not public DC infrastructure. Volkswagen is estimating 50 per cent of all charging will take place at home and 20 per cent will be done at work, and will offer an 11kW wall box to cater for it.
Australian buyers won't see the ID.3 until 2022 at the earliest, with Volkswagen blaming our lagging local emissions standards.
Volkswagen Australia managing director, Michael Bartsch, says Australia is "in danger of losing its place in the queue for EVs because this country's automotive regulations have fallen behind the first-world norm".
The VW ID.3 will make its public debut at the Frankfurt motor show in September.