Designed to be the foundation for a range of VW electric cars of the future, the Volkswagen ID Concept gives us a taste of autonomous EV motoring.
Volkswagen has decided to completely reboot the company’s philosophies with an all new electric sub-brand. With the mighty steps taken by Tesla and a few other companies, it was only a matter of time before everyone future proofed their portfolios.
The Volkswagen ID is the new electric benchmark for the German marquee. Think of it as the electric messiah here to save Volkswagen from its Diesel Gate scandal. For VW, this could very well be another Beetle moment. Not just because the ID has its motor in the rear, but because it should pave the way to an array of new electric cars for the Wolfsburg outfit.
Most new future electric concepts seem to try too hard on the design front and end up looking tacky and unattractive. The Volkswagen ID doesn’t fall prey to this ideology and keeps things elegant and simple. The lack of an internal combustion engine results in a grille free design.
The illuminated badge and radical headlamp cluster are pleasing to look at it. The blue Hankook tyres mated to the 5-spoke covered wheels look right at home on this concept. The blue highlights and accents across the car are funky and futuristic, giving the car a very cheerful and radiant demeanour.
The Volkswagen ID is based on VW’s brand new Modular Electric Platform (MEB). This platform is highly adaptable and is designed to accept different body shells, more power, all-wheel drive and larger body structures. Volkswagen is therefore bracing itself for an onslaught of electric sedans, SUVs and hatchbacks to cope with the changing times. By 2025 they even expect fully autonomous driving capabilities and the ID therefore has a retractable steering wheel.
Like most modern EVs, the motor and the batteries are compactly stored under the floor of the car. This improves weight distribution and increases in-car space. The ID may be a small car, but Volkswagen claims it has the same interior space as a Passat. Think of it as a rolling lounge that takes you to your destination in comfort.
Volkswagen engineers have worked very hard to reduce the aerodynamic drag, rolling resistance and weight on the ID. The result is a claimed all-electric range of 600km. A staggering figure, one that Tesla will be closely watching!
The Volkswagen ID is definitely a fresh start for the brand. Apart from the badge, it doesn’t really share much with its predecessors. And thanks to the inspiration of companies like Tesla, the automotive giants are following in the electric footsteps. How are you reacting to the new Volkswagen ID?