Volkswagen plans all-electric vehicle range by 2030


First floated at the 2016 Paris Auto Show, the I.D. initials have evolved to be the prefix for a whole family of Volkswagen EV concepts sharing a common architecture, and I.D. The styling has been updated too, with cleaner new headlights but the quirky door layout has been retained - conventional front ones, with sliding rear ones and no B pillar.

Although CROZZ II sports revised front and rear fascias with a bevy of LED lights up front, plus a new paint job-Hibiscus Red Metallic-and new 21-inch wheels, the most significant innovation is the promise of autonomous drivability-I.D.

The new I.D. CROZZ is a crossover of an SUV and a four-door coupé, which has been further improved towards a production implementation.

Inside the interior has also been updated to give it an Open Space.

The new German crossover even has a menu that provides information on the quality of the air in the vehicle. It will also feature the CleanAir system that has been newly developed by Volkswagen.

In terms of performance, the I.D. Crozz II comes with two electric motors - one for each axle, so there's AWD - and a combined output of 302 horsepower (225 kilowatts). Front-rear torque distribution is managed by a system VW calls an "electric propshaft". That is because the Volkswagen brand is accelerating into this new era by developing a new generation of innovative electric vehicles - the I.D.2, I.D.

Other automakers have been aggressively committing to electric vehicles, with Volvo and Aston Martin both committing to abandon gas-only vehicles by the next decade. The high-performance battery can be charged to 80% of its energy capacity in 30 minutes using a fast-charging system. CROZZ to demonstrate handling characteristics on a par with those of a Golf GTI.

Suspension is taken care of by a new multi-link set-up with MacPherson struts and electronically controlled dampers.

Volkswagen is pushing full speed ahead with electric cars and will double investments in zero-emission autos to more than 20 billion euros ($24 billion) by 2030 as it seeks to challenge pioneer Tesla in creating a mass market.