After the very high-end electric range of the VW group represented by the Audi e-tron and especially the Porsche Taycan, the Volkswagen brand continues to work intensively on the deployment of its own ID.x line which will carry the colors of the energy transition from group by 2025.
We now know that the first VW ID.3 model should be released before next summer, and that this compact car in the format between the Polo and the Golf will be Volkswagen’s first real offensive in new generation electronics. The VW ID.4, an electric SUV playing in the Tesla Model Y and Ford Mustang Mach-E category, should also follow in 2020.
But, as you can imagine, the German manufacturer will not stop there, and it is already preparing other vehicles that will complement its electric range. The next one should therefore be the VW ID.1, a small entry-level electric car whose very compact format would lead it to register to replace the current e-Up, in an even more mini format.
A range of 7 electric Volkswagen by 2025
It’s Ralf Brandstätter, Volkswagen’s chief operating officer, who tells CAR magazine that the ID.1 is under development. It would become the smallest ID brand vehicle in the Volkswagen range, which will eventually include around seven electric models. An offensive which will also be price-related since the small electric VW could be available at a price below 20,000 euros.
To develop this new car, VW will rely on its MEB platform common to the whole group in order to achieve economies of scale and above all to get out of this industrial intermediary logic which has consisted until now of building electric cars on thermal platforms, of which they were only derivatives, like e-Golf.
The ID.1 should be available with two different choices of batteries, probably 24kWh and 36kWh, the less powerful version to offer a car at a very affordable price. Remember that Volkswagen aims to sell one million electric vehicles per year by 2023. This requires having a wide range, and therefore to offer electric cars in all segments, including the smallest and least dear.
Note to reader : The illustration at the head of this article is a purely imaginary Photoshop rendering made by the graphic designer of CAR Magazine. It does not represent the reality of ID.1, for which no real image has yet been published (or leaked). We are obliged to bring this precision because unfortunately our colleagues in the specialized auto press have this very old habit of creating 3D renderings by sometimes making them pass for official images or spyshots.