VW to show forerunner of ID.1 in Munich
At the IAA in Munich, Volkswagen is showing the ID.LIFE, a compact and electrically powered city car that will hit the market from 2025 and cost between € 20 000 and € 25 000.
Compact EVs getting more significant
It’s a well-known secret that VW wants to expand its EV range downmarket. Seat already showed the Cupra Urban Rebel a few days ago, and today VW is showing the ID.-variant on the same shortened MEB platform.
A wider electric range and a rapid rollout of new models are necessary if VW wants to reach its target of selling 70% all-electric models in the brand’s product mix in the European market by 2030.
Mainly because of the higher price tag of electric models compared to the current ICE range, this segment of compact EVs will gain importance, for the simple reason that many consumers ( headed by private buyers ) will start driving more compact vehicles, as the larger models will no longer fit into their budgets.
The ID.LIFE will be a compact crossover that makes a visual difference with a horizontal bonnet, a vertical and closed radiator grille, and a wide sloping C-pillar. In contrast to existing ID.-products, the chassis is not only shortened, but the manufacturer also places the electromotor at the front.
The battery is located under the passenger compartment, and a classic torsion axle is mounted at the rear. Although the concept car shown today at the IAA in Munich is called ID.LIFE, it is very likely that the production version expected from 2025 will be called ID.1.
VW uses recycled materials for both the body and the interior, but that doesn’t stop the car from being packed with technology. For example, the mirrors will be replaced by cameras, and the interior will feature a large, retractable touchscreen offering a wide range of connectivity and entertainment.
VW even states that the interior can be used as a gaming lounge. The ID.LIFE has a 225-liter trunk, and another 108 liters of storage space is available under the load floor. At the front, there is a 68-liter frunk for storing the charging cable, and folding down the rear seats creates a 1 225-liter load space.
New battery technology
The electric motor driving the front wheels produces 172 kW/234 hp, allowing the city car to sprint from 0 to 100 kph in 6,9 seconds. Hopefully, there will also be a less powerful (and cheaper) version because such power is rather trivial for a city environment where the speed limit is increasingly set at 30 km/h.
VW also promises an autonomy of 400 km with a battery pack offering a capacity of 57 kWh. Furthermore, this battery would possibly be built without cobalt, which could reduce production costs. Finally, VW foresees a power outlet where the car’s battery can also supply power (230 Volts – 16 A) to an external consumer.