28.9.2016VW reveals I.D. electric concept
Volkswagen has revealed images and details of its all-electric concept on the eve of the Paris Motor Show. Called the I.D., VW says that it starts the countdown to a new era for the company, and the concept previews a new design language for future electric models.
Further details will be revealed tomorrow when the covers come off the car on the show stand. However, VW has announced that it will have a range of between 400km and 600km (249-373 miles) on a single charge. The battery pack will power a 125 kW electric motor, and the I.D. will be launched as a production car in 2020 - in parallel to the Golf.
It's the first compact model to be designed on the Modular Electric Drive platform (MEB), and will be offered as a fully autonomous car from 2025 onwards. When in fully automated mode - I.D. Pilot - the steering wheel will retract into the dashboard, freeing up further space inside.
The cabin promises an 'entirely new spatial experience with the Open Space (concept)', and the production model will be able to accept deliveries on your behalf if you aren't home. Presumably this uses an unlockable compartment that couriers can request an access code for.
A year on from the VW Emissions Scandal, the company is heavily committed to electrifying its range, and is aiming to sell one million electric cars by 2025. Further details will be published from the car's launch tomorrow (Thursday 29th September).