VW on Wednesday showed off its highly anticipated affordable electric vehicle, believed to be the ID 2all concept with a range of up to 450 km (279 miles).
Presentation of the Volkswagen ID 2all electric concept
After doubling down on its electric vehicle strategy with a new investment of nearly $200 billion (€180 billion) to accelerate the digitalization and development of electric vehicles over the next five years, VW is moving forward with a new electric vehicle concept.
VW delivered more than 570,000 electric vehicles last year, maintaining its position as Europe’s BEV market leader, but the automaker believes it is well positioned for future growth with several new vehicle versions on deck .
To fend off incoming competition from Tesla, and many others, Volkswagen introduced its economical electric vehicle, the ID 2all concept, which costs less than $27,000 (€25,000).
The ID 2all is as roomy as its Golf model and as cheap as the Polo sitting below the recently updated ID. 3, with a range of up to 279 miles (450 km) and several new features. Volkswagen Passenger Cars CEO Thomas Shafer explains:
We are transforming the company quickly and fundamentally, with the clear objective of making Volkswagen a true Love Brand. The identity. 2all the shows where we want to take the brand. We want to be close to the customer and offer state-of-the-art technology in combination with fantastic design. We are implementing the transformation at a sustained pace to bring electric mobility to as many people as possible.
VW’s affordable electric vehicle will be based on its new Modular Electric Drive (MEB) platform, dubbed the MEB Entry Platform, and will be the first front-wheel-drive vehicle based on it.
Initial plans called for the Volkswagen ID. The LIFE concept will be the first affordable electric vehicle based on the new platform designed for the smaller car segment, but those plans have apparently been shelved.
Interior and exterior design
The exterior draws inspiration from Volkswagen classics like the Beetle and Golf, foreshadowing a new design language from the automaker.
On the outside, the ID 2all features a “clear and powerful” stance with strong fender flares covering a wide track, long wheelbase and short overhangs along a cleaned up front end.
Volkswagen recently brought back former Bentley and Audi designer Andreas Mindt as head of design for Volkswagen Passenger Cars, who says the VW ID 2all concept is based on three pillars: stability, likability and enthusiasm .
One of the most important elements of the new interior design is the C-pillar design developed for the first Golf model. As such, the interior presents a spacious and high-quality appearance.
The 12.9 touchscreen has a new menu structure with a separate climate control panel underneath. In addition, the new multifunction steering wheel is minimalist, with two wheels and buttons on each side.
Powered by a “powerful electric drive motor”, the ID. 2 all with an output of 222 hp (166 kW) and 226 hp, reaching 0-60 mph (0-100 km/h) in less than seven seconds.
Volkswagen claims its new electric car can be charged to 80% in less than 20 minutes, although details are not mentioned.
Although the ID 2all is considered a concept vehicle, Volkswagen announces that it will unveil the production version of the ID 2all for all European markets in 2025 with a starting target of less than 25,000 euros.
The automaker now expects at least one in five vehicles sold globally to be electric by 2025, with the production version of the ID 2 being one of ten electric vehicles VW will launch by 2026.
This year VW will present the new ID. 3, the identity document. Buzz, and the ID. 7, which will be followed by a compact electric SUV in 2026.
Unfortunately, it does not appear that Volkswagen plans to introduce the ID 2all concept in the United States. The good news, however, is that VW is considering putting it into production.
The real question will be: Can they produce it at the price they say? Or perhaps, more importantly, can they produce it profitably at this price?
At less than $27,000, a nice EV with nearly 300 miles of range from the VW brand would sell well, in my opinion.
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