Marked by an initial batch of specifications, Volkswagen has announced it will start producing the first member of its I.D.-badged family of electric vehicles in 100 weeks. Only a small amount of details have been released about the VW EV, but they ensure this car is ushering in a new era for the brand.
The design isn’t set to change much from the concept car as it becomes a production model. It’s also said that the EV won’t be making its way to the United States. The I.D. is going to operate on Volkswagen’s modular MEB platform, bringing in the new form language that will eventually characterize every electric VW to come. In an interview with British magazine Autocar, Volkswagen’s head of design Klaus Bishcoff said “We had the unique chance to lead Volkswagen into a new age. Electric drive provides greater freedom for designers. We minimize the cooling holes; the axles move further apart and generate stunning proportions.”
The I.D. will be powered by a rear-mounted electric motor that’s programmed to give 168 horsepower. The most basic models will offer about 250 miles of range, while higher trim and more expensive models will give about 373 miles, from the aid of a larger lithium-ion battery pack. The I.D. will be able to be linked to a quick charger, giving the battery an 80 percent charge after only 30 minutes. We suspect that within the 100 weeks to come, a lot more valuable information about the EV will be released.