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Volkswagen ID.3: Functions of the electric drivetrain

Volkswagen ID.3 (E11, E12) 2020-2024 Owner's Manual / Functions of the electric drivetrain

Power output of the electric drivetrain

The maximum torque of the electric drivetrain is available the instant the accelerator pedal is pressed.

Brake energy recuperation

When you brake the Volkswagen ID.3 vehicle, electrical energy is generated by the electric drivetrain and this is stored in the highvoltage battery (→ Energy recuperation) . This happens also to a lesser extent when the vehicle is coasting or driving downhill.

The brake energy recuperation, and therefore also the engine braking effect, decreases as the charge level of the high-voltage battery increases. If the high-voltage battery is completely charged, there is no brake energy recuperation and no engine braking effect → .

The energy recuperation process can be displayed in the instrument cluster or on the screen of the Infotainment system.

Crawling feature

The crawling feature enables you to drive slowly forwards or in reverse at approximately 5 km/h (3 mph) without having to use the accelerator pedal.

The crawling feature is automatically active:

  • If the Volkswagen ID.3 vehicle's drive system is activated and gear is engaged.

    Or: if the reverse gear is engaged.

The crawling feature is deactivated:

  • If the driving mode selector is in the position.

    Or: if the electronic parking brake is switched on.


An electric vehicle generates very little stationary, driving or operating noise. As a result, when your vehicle is being driven, other road users such as pedestrians and children may have difficulty hearing your vehicle or may not notice it at all in traffic-calmed zones and when maneuvering or reversing. This may cause accidents and serious injuries.

  • Always bear in mind that other road users may not notice the driving noise.


With a gear engaged, the Volkswagen ID.3 vehicle could move unintentionally. This can cause accidents and serious injuries.

  • When the vehicle is drive-ready and the  gear or reverse gear is engaged, hold the vehicle stationary with the brake pedal.


As the high-voltage battery charge level increases, the engine braking effect from brake energy recuperation decreases, and could fade away completely, leading to changed braking behavior. This can cause serious injuries.

  • Before driving long distances on steep hills, reduce your speed.

  • When driving long distances on steep hills, reduce your speed with the Volkswagen ID.3 vehicle brakes.

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