Volkswagen’s new purely electric concept vehicle, I.D. is making its world debut at the Paris Motor Show. We’ve got your first look at the new vehicle of the future: The Car for Everyone.
According to Volkswagen Chairman, Herbert Diess, the new Volkswagen I.D. concept car is approximately the size of a VW Golf but will have the cargo space of a Passat. And the best part for customers, the price will be on par with a well-equipped and similarly powerful Golf, making the I.D. attainable for the average motorist.
To date, making an affordable electric vehicle that achieves such a range has been difficult due to the high cost of lithium-ion cells and the battery packs that hold them. But now that battery prices have begun to fall amid technological advances, aggressive price cuts and a surfeit of production capacity, it’s expected that we’ll be seeing more electric vehicles on our roads before long.
While the Volkswagen I.D. on display in Paris is a prototype, plans are underway to release the production model in 2020, with a fully-automated driving function expected by 2025. It will also feature an intuitive new user interface focused on fun and safety. The Volkswagen I.D. is expected to be as iconic as the Golf and offer a 500-600 km range on a 15-minute charge.
The Paris Motor Show runs from October 1-16, 2016. We’ll be following all the excitement and reporting further as information becomes available. Stay tuned.
In the meantime, if you’re interested in a fully electric vehicle from Volkswagen, check out the e-Golf. While it’s currently only available in the U.S. , we’re working on bringing it to Canada.