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Volkswagen ID.3: Eco tips

The correct driving style can help to reduce consumption, pollution, and wear on the electric drivetrain, brakes, and tires. The following tips will help you conserve the environment and your money.

Using brake energy recuperation

If Eco assist is deactivated in the Infotainment system and gear is engaged and the accelerator pedal is not pressed, the Volkswagen ID.3 vehicle will "coast".

If Eco assist is activated in the Infotainment system and gear is engaged and the accelerator pedal is not pressed, the vehicle recuperates energy automatically. It also adjusts to the current driving situation and external conditions such as the vehicle in front and speed limits. The energy from the rolling vehicle is also used to charge the highvoltage battery. The Volkswagen ID.3 vehicle's brakes are also applied.

In gear , if the accelerator pedal is not pressed, strong recuperation will occur.

Furthermore, the energy recuperation increases when the brake pedal is pressed.

Have maintenance performed regularly

Regular maintenance is required for fuel-efficient driving and increases the service life of the vehicle.

Removing unnecessary weight

Emptying out the luggage compartment before a journey, for example, removing empty crates or unneeded child restraints, can reduce energy consumption.

To keep the Volkswagen ID.3 vehicle air resistance as low as possible, remove accessories such as ski, bicycle, and roof racks after use.

Saving power

Electrical equipment, such as the air conditioning system and window heating, requires energy from the high-voltage battery.

If you want to increase your vehicle's fuel range:

  • Set a higher interior temperature in summer and a lower interior temperature in winter. When outside temperatures are high, air out the Volkswagen ID.3 vehicle before driving.

  • If you are using an external power supply, use the stationary air conditioning.

  • Switch off comfort consumers that are not required.

An authorized Volkswagen dealer or authorized Volkswagen Service Facility can provide you with more information about correct maintenance and replacement parts that are particularly energy efficient, such as new tires.

Driving a loaded vehicle

Heed the following for good Volkswagen ID.3 vehicle handling when the vehicle is loaded:

  • Stow all cargo securely .

  • Accelerate with extra care and caution.

  • Avoid sudden braking and driving maneuvers.

  • Brake earlier than usual.

  • If necessary, read and heed the information about driving with a bicycle rack (→ Bicycle rack mount) .


Sliding loads can considerably impair the driving stability and safety of your vehicle, and increase the braking distance when you brake hard or perform emergency braking. This can cause accidents and serious or fatal injuries.

  • Correctly secure the load to prevent it from sliding.

  • Use suitable tie-downs or securing straps on heavy objects.

  • Engage the rear seat backrests and, if necessary, the adjustable rear seats securely.


Spilled fluids can come in contact with the connectors of the orange high-voltage cables. This can cause damage to the electrical system and high-voltage battery.

  •  Do not transport large amounts of fluids in the Volkswagen ID.3 vehicle interior.

Driving with an open trunk lid

Driving with an open trunk lid can be especially dangerous. Secure all objects and the open trunk lid correctly and take sufficient precautions.

Driving with an open trunk lid increases the air resistance of the Volkswagen ID.3 vehicle and, consequently, the energy consumption of the electric drivetrain. This reduces the potential vehicle range significantly. Volkswagen recommends that you do not drive with the trunk lid open.


If driving with the trunk lid unlocked or open, loose objects can fall out of the vehicle and injure other road users.

This can cause accidents and serious or fatal injuries.

  • Always drive with the trunk lid closed.

  • Store all objects in the luggage compartment securely.

  • Always drive carefully and anticipate upcoming traffic situations.

  • Avoid abrupt or sudden driving and braking maneuvers because the open trunk lid can move in an uncontrolled manner.

  • If there is a roof rack with cargo on the trunk lid, always remove it before driving with an open trunk lid.


Objects protruding from the luggage compartment change the Volkswagen ID.3 vehicle length and may possibly endanger other road users. This can cause accidents and serious or fatal injuries.

  • Follow the legal regulations.

  • Mark objects sticking out of the luggage compartment so they will be visible to others on the road.

  • Never use the trunk lid to secure or wedge objects.


Opening the trunk lid changes the height and possibly the length of the vehicle. This can cause damage to the Volkswagen ID.3 vehicle if driving carelessly.

  •  Be aware of the changed outer dimensions, such as when driving through underpasses.

Driving through water on roads

Note the following to reduce the risk of vehicle damage when driving through water, for example on flooded roads:

  • The water must not be any higher than the bottom of the Volkswagen ID.3 vehicle body→ .

  • Do not driver faster than walking speeds.

  • Never stop the vehicle, drive in reverse, or deactivate the vehicle's drive system in water.

  • Oncoming vehicles create waves that can raise the water level for your vehicle enough that it is not safe to drive through.


When driving through water, mud, slush, etc., the braking effect may be delayed due to damp or icy brake rotors and brake pads in the winter, and this can extend the braking distance. This could cause a loss of Volkswagen ID.3 vehicle control, accidents and serious or fatal injuries.

  • Perform careful braking maneuvers to dry and remove ice from the brakes.

  • Do not endanger road users or disregard legal regulations during braking maneuvers.

  • Avoid abrupt and sudden braking maneuvers directly after driving through water.


Driving through water can greatly damage or corrode parts of the vehicle, e.g. electronics.

  • Never drive through salty water.

  • Using fresh water, immediately rinse any parts of the Volkswagen ID.3 vehicle that may have come into contact with salty water.

  • Protect electronic components against contact with water.

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