Volkswagen’s take on an alternatively fuelled future was unveiled at the 2016 Paris Motor Show, in the form of the Volkswagen ID concept.
“In 2020, we will begin to introduce an entire family of electric vehicles on the market,” Dr Herbert Diess, the Chairman of the Board of Management of the Volkswagen Passenger Cars Brand, stated when introducing the vehicle. “All of them will be based on a new vehicle architecture which was specially and exclusively developed for all-electric vehicles. Not for combustion engine or plug-in hybrid vehicles.”
The Volkswagen ID is the first compact car to be created by the well-known German manufacturer that will be based on the MEB Modular Electric Drive Kit, the vehicle features a 125kW/170PS electric motor made up of lithium-ion batteries that is capable of achieving a 360-mile range on just the one charge.
Ulrich Eichhorn, the Research Director at Volkswagen, pointed out: “The major work will be in the batteries. This will be at the far-end of lithium-ion technology, not just a development of what we’ve got already and we are already working on it in research and advanced engineering.”
While the Volkswagen ID concept’s drivetrain is particularly impressive, it is likely to be the exterior that instantly attention. This is because the car has been designed with a front end that is entirely blanked off and comes complete with digital headlamps which are wrapped in LED daytime running lights.
The remarkable features of the Volkswagen ID concept continue when you step inside the car, due to the aesthetically pleasing cabin featuring a LED dashboard, a steering wheel that retracts when autonomous driving mode is activated and mirrors making way for rear cameras.
As the Volkswagen ID concept isn’t set to be with us for another four years, motorists are encouraged to get to grips with Volkswagen’s electric car expertise by getting behind the wheel of either the practical and refined VW e-Golf or the VW e-up! – a vehicle that is packed with handy Driver Assistance technology.