Volkswagen have been giving us hybrid and electric concepts for years, but so far they haven’t been able to turn any of those concepts into something with production value. They say things are about to change, though, with this, the Volkswagen I.D. Concept which will be launched as a compact electric car in 2020 parallel to the Golf.
It is fortunate, then, that Volkswagen I.D. is actually rather good-looking. It is not exactly pretty, but compared to stuff like Nissan LEAF and Kia Soul EV it rocks. But as mentioned the car is still way off from becoming a production model and who knows what will happen to it by then.
The I.D. is full of concept-y features that are kind of cool but will certainly be eliminated in the production model. Among these features there is the ability to receive parcels using a new delivery service, if its owner isn’t at home, the steering wheel that retracts into the dashboard in autopilot mode, and the Open Space design of the cabin which will cook the passengers in places with a lot of sun.
The features that we hope will endure include the electric drivetrain consisting of an electric motor with an output of 125 kW and a range of between 400 and 600 kilometres on a single battery charge. Volkswagen I.D. is the first compact based on the Modular Electric Drive Kit (MEB) and it is designed so that by 2025 it can be turned into a fully automated vehicle.