The 2016 Paris Motor Show saw the grand reveal of the Volkswagen ID concept, ushering in the German manufacturer’s take on an alternatively fuelled future.
Dr Herbert Diess, the Chairman of the Board of Management of the Volkswagen Passenger Cars Brand, pointed out: “In 2020, we will begin to introduce an entire family of electric vehicles on the market. 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.”
There’s plenty to be excited about when it comes to the Volkswagen ID concept, including the fact that this will be the first compact car created by the German vehicle brand based on its MEB Modular Electric Drive Kit.
As a result, the car will have a 125kW/170PS electric motor made up of lithium-ion batteries, enabling it to achieve a 360-mile range on a single charge.
Focusing on this particular element, Ulrich Eichhorn, the Research Director at Volkswagen, said: “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.”
As well as an intriguing drivetrain, the Volkswagen ID concept is attention-grabbing. The vehicle’s exterior features a front end that is completely blanked off with digital headlamps that are wrapped in LED daytime running lights.
In regards to the interior of the Volkswagen ID concept, Dr Diess summed it up by stating that there are “no buttons, no switches, no sticks, just screens”. Therefore, drivers can enjoy an LED dashboard, rear cameras in place of mirrors and a retractable steering wheel whenever the car’s autonomous driving mode is switched on.
Unfortunately, the Volkswagen ID concept is not set to arrive on roads until 2020. However, motorists can pass the time by experiencing other Volkswagen electric vehicles, like the Driver Assistance technology-heavy e-up! and the practical, refined and advanced e-Golf.