Volkswagen Group, one of the LIVE platform’s Managing Members, recently presented its new I.D. model, the first of a completely new generation of ground-breaking electric vehicles.
The automobile sector’s top brands showcased their latest salient innovations at the Paris Motor Show, once again confirming the strong bid by leading manufacturers to produce zero-emission vehicles. Some such novelties presented at the show were the new Renault Zoe, Mercedes Generation EQ, new BMW i3 (from the large-family-car 3 series) and Opel Ampera-e, transforming electric vehicles into the stars of this edition of the show.
There was huge expectation about the presentation of Volkswagen’s latest new concept, as part of its ‘Together 2025‘ strategic plan, aimed at launching over 30 new electric cars on the market during the coming decade. The I.D. represents a big step forward by the German manufacturer in the move toward zero-emission mobility. It also heralds the biggest process of change in the history of Volkswagen Group. With this major initiative in the field of electric vehicles, the manufacturer plans to make sales of between two and three million vehicles in the next 10 years. Battery, digitalization and self-drive technology will be worked on so that they become new fields of expertise synonymous with the group. The I.D. will join the electric Volkswagens already launched on the market: the fully electric e-up! and e-Golf and plug-in hybrid Golf GTE and Passat GTE.
The I.D.’s 125 kW electric engine, with a range of 400 to 600 km on one charge, is not the only new major innovation. It will be the first Volkswagen to incorporate the recently developed Modular Electric Drive Kit (MEB). The I.D. reflects a whole new approach to the design of compact electric vehicles. Its interiors are based on pioneering use of something called the Open Space Concept. With this, even though the car is a little shorter than a Golf, drivers seem to have all the spacious comfort of a Passat. This is achieved thanks to the new architecture of a rear-mounted electric engine and a high-voltage battery on the floor of the car, ensuring more space and greater flexibility.
At the same time, the I.D. looks forward to the future, since by 2025 it will be the first self-driving Volkswagen car, thanks to the I.D. Pilot mode. This function is activated by touching the VW logo on the steering wheel, which makes the wheel retract into the dashpad in an experience totally new to drivers. Technology plays an important role in this prototype, which seeks to facilitate use of its driving systems through an easy, user-friendly design. One example is the elimination of a conventional car key. Instead, a Smartphone will be used as a digital key to open the vehicle and start it. The idea is for Volkswagen drivers to have their own VW ID in the future. This ID is an individual profile with information like their personal seat and air condition settings, favourite radio stations and music playlists, sound system settings, contact list and the configuration of the navigation system. This profile can be accessed via the Volkswagen Automative Cloud app.
Under the logo ‘Think New!’, Volkswagen offers a fascinating new take on tomorrow’s mobility. The new I.D. is a visionary zero-emission electric vehicle that will enter into production in 2020 and which aims to be the starting point for a whole new generation of innovative electric vehicles.