VW ID Electric Car Pulls Future; 300-Plus Mile Range in 2020 & Self-Driving by 2025

Oct 03, 2016 05:51 AM EDT | Claire Ann Austria

Volkswagen once again surprises the automotive world as it announces one of the most intriguing concept car debuts in its business - the Volkswagen ID battery electric vehicle. VW ID electric car shouts with its drive system that could go 249 to 373 miles or 400-600 kilometres on a single full charge come 2020.

In addition, VW claims that the VW ID will be self-driving by 2025 as well, making VW more conservative than others such as Ford, which tells that it will have a self-drive car within five years or by year 2021. This is behind Volkswagen's goal to sell 1 million electric cars a year or and increase of 10% of sales.

The VW ID motor configuration will be arranged as that of the BMW i3, with the engine driving the rear wheels. The lithium-ion battery pack will be outfitted and installed under the passenger compartment which will produce an effect of lowering the center of gravity.

This Volkswagen ID will be VW's first use of its MEB or the modular electric drive kit. This just simply means that the chassis configuration can be scaled up or down to build bigger EVs for US and even smaller vehicles for space-constrained mega-cities.

"In 2020 we will begin to introduce an entire family of electric vehicles on the market. All of them will be based on new vehicle architecture [MEB], which was specially and exclusively developed for all-electric vehicles. said Herbert Diess, the CEO of Volkswagen. He added: "Not for combustion engine or plug-in hybrid vehicles. The I.D. stands for this new era of all-electric vehicles, for a new automotive era: electrical, connected and autonomously driving."

Volkswagen likewise sees the ID EV as the company's next major car as that of beetle and the other superstar models. VW with want to make a name being an automakers over the decades, wants to have a good business with EVs.Meanwhile, Volkswagen is also improving the range of its current e-Golf to 186 miles on European test cycle.

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