Volkswagen to challenge Tesla with line of affordable electric cars

Posted April 20, 2017

"The I.D. CROZZ was conceptualised as a sporty, interactively designed zero-emission all-rounder - with electric all-wheel drive that is equally impressive in the urban environment as it is on the tracks of an active lifestyle", the announcement reads. It expects sales to improve as locally produced products are introduced and aims to sell 400,000 by 2020 and 1.5 million by 2025 to meet the quotas, Heizmann said.

The vehicle is equipped with a dual motor powertrain with 75 kW of power in the front and 150 kW in the back for a total power of 225 kW (302 hp). VW plans to produce the entire range of I.D. electric vehicles for the 2020 model year.

Drive is channeled to the respective axles via separate fixed-ratio gearboxes and a so-called electric propshaft that is capable of transferring power between each axle, depending on the prevailing grip and traction.

Volkswagen claims that the new vehicle will produce up to 306hp and will be capable of hitting 112mph, meanwhile, using a fast charger, the batteries can be charged up to 80% of their capacity in just half an hour. They produce a combined 302 horsepower, getting the little crossover up to a top speed of 112 miles per hour. That auto will be one of several electric models Volkwagen plans to offer in just a few short years amid a sharp pivot to electric vehicles and car-sharing concepts, taking aim at Tesla and others.

"If it was ever possible to make a one hundred percent certain prediction of what the future will look like, it is achieved here", Diess insists.

Volkswagen has introduced its third all-electric concept auto in roughly the last 18 months. No problem. Simply slide it crosswise into the rear seating area.

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As far as size goes: the Crozz concept rides on a 109.2 inch wheelbase, is 74.4 inches wide, and is 63.3 inches tall.

Like its I.D. predecessors, the Crozz uses Volkswagen's new, EV-specific MEB platform. (84 mm) narrower and 13.9 ins. CROZZ is an 83-kWh lithium-ion battery pack located in the vehicle's floor.

The third member in Volkswagen's series of I.D. concepts has been revealed. When it's driven manually, the car's roof and grille LED shows in light blue, while they switch to purple in autonomous mode.

VW has pledged that the I.D. line will cost about the same as its diesel models. The I.D. CROZZ crossover utility vehicle boasts a 311-mile (500-km) range on a single charge and autonomous driving capabilities in I.D. Pilot mode.

The world's major carmakers are showing their latest new energy cars-some of them concept models-at the ongoing Shanghai auto show, eying up the potential of the world's largest new energy vehicle market.

Generous wheel clearance within the front wheel wells, owing to the inboard mounting of the electrical engine within the central part of the axle assembly, allows for a relatively tight 34.4-ft. With the weight being distributed 48 percent front and 52 percent rear, VW mentions the crossover "demonstrates handling characteristics like a Golf GTI's".