No car giant is pouring more money into electric vehicles than the Volkswagen group. With about $30 billion earmarked for development across its portfolio of brands, which include Audi, Porsche and Bentley, it expects to offer 80 EV models by 2025.
Of those, 23 will be wearing the Volkswagen badge. Its first electric family, called I.D., shares a newly developed platform and will have zero-emission ranges of up to 600km. To the delight of enthusiasts, one of those will be the I.D. Buzz, a modern recreation of the Kombi previewed in a recent concept. But two years before that, in 2020, it will launch a Golf‑sized car that’s the core I.D. model plus a crossover cousin called I.D. Crozz.
Previewed early this year in Shanghai, the I.D. Crozz seen at Frankfurt moves the concept closer to production with design changes front and rear. An SUV with distinctive headlights and the swoopy lines of a coupe, it features flexible cabin space, digital instruments and doors that can be opened by voice command. Two electric motors with 225kW of power mean a 180km/h top speed, 500km range and all-wheel drive. The battery can be recharged to 80 per cent in 30 minutes.