Volkswagen announced three new I.D. electric models, representing a new generation of innovative electric vehicles, planned to hit dealerships as soon as 2020. The electric concept vehicles I.D., I.D. CROZZ and I.D. BUZZ are all expected to have a range of more than 250 miles on a single charge and characteristic Volkswagen performance, based on the Modular Electric Drive Matrix (MEB) platform, underpinning all electric models.
Volkswagen will start producing the I.D. vehicles in November 2019, while it is expected to deliver 1 million annual EV sales by 2025. The first vehicle to hit the roads will be the I.D. hatchback, presented at the Paris Motor Show in 2016. Resembling a Golf-size EV, I.D. will be powered by a 125 kW (170 PS) electric motor, with less than 200 horsepower and a battery that could enable a range between 249 and 373 miles. It will also feature an entirely new interior cockpit experience with intuitive controls and a retractable steering wheel for driving in full-auto mode.
While the hatchback might be the first of Volkswagen’s line-up, the US market will first see the I.D. CROZZ, already revealed at last year’s Shanghai show. The I.D. CROZZ is basically an SUV form of the I.D. concept, with two axles’ worth of electric motors, an estimated output of 300 hp and a range of approximately 310 miles. The CROZZ could reach a top speed of over 110 mph and DC Fast Charging to 80% battery power in just 30 minutes.
Both the I.D. hatchback and I.D. CROZZ will have semi-autonomous or autonomous driving features. Some possible features include futuristic ideas such as a steering wheel that can retract into the instrument panel at the push of a button. The vehicles will also contain only displays, instead of switches and sticks, already available in some advanced models.
The I.D. series will come with a special Volkswagen ID, which could help drivers unlock and start their cars with a compatible smartphone, and store personal settings such as seat position, navigation settings, temperature control, and playlists. Thus, the I.D. will essentially eliminate the conventional car key, replacing it with a Digital Key installed on compatible connected devices.
Volkswagen’s third I.D. vehicle, the I.D. BUZZ will be released up to 2 years after the launch of the hatchback and CROZZ in 2020. The I.D. BUZZ is Volkswagen’s redesigned electric bus, released at last year’s Detroit Auto Show, after which it has won several awards. The BUZZ has an electric power train and anticipated 369-hp electric motors on each axle, that provide all wheel drive. The 111 kWh battery pack at the floor of the MEB chassis enables nearly 300 miles of range, which can be recharged at 80% of capacity in 30 minutes with a 150 kW charger.