Elec­tric cars spawn un­usual nam­ing trend

Gloucestershire Echo - - MOTORING NEWS - by CHRIS RUSSON Driv­ing Force

THE elec­tric revo­lu­tion will spawn some un­usual names for the cars of the fu­ture if the lat­est from Volk­swa­gen, Mercedes-benz and Honda are any­thing to go by.

Volk­swa­gen has cho­sen ID for the name of its zero emis­sion fam­ily of ve­hi­cles while Mercedes has gone for EQ.

Mean­while, Honda has sim­ply opted to call its new elec­tric model the ‘e’ when it ar­rives later in the year.

VW says ID stands for in­tel­li­gent de­sign and will call its first model the ID.3 de­not­ing its sig­nif­i­cance in the com­pact mar­ket and its role as the trail­blazer of the third chap­ter of the com­pany’s his­tory af­ter the Bee­tle and the Golf.

“With the ID.3, we are start­ing from the cen­tre, the Volk­swa­gen brand’s core, in which the ma­jor­ity of the mod­els and sales vol­ume can be found,” said Jur­gen Stack­mann, VW’S sales, mar­ket­ing and af­ter sales direc­tor.

“The num­ber 3 also sig­nals ex­pand­abil­ity into the seg­ments above and be­low it. We have a lot in the pipeline.”

By 2025 VW says it will have more than 20 purely elec­tric mod­els on the road and in­tends to be sell­ing more than a mil­lion of them ev­ery year – each of them bear­ing the ID moniker.

The ID.3 will have its world pre­miere at the Frank­furt mo­tor show later in the year and will be fol­lowed by ver­sions of the ID. CROZZ, ID. VIZZION and ID. ROOMZZ concepts all of which will be given num­bers in their names..

EQ is a sub­brand set up by Mercedes for its low emis­sion mod­els and de­notes ‘Elec­tric In­tel­li­gence’ with its first fully-elec­tric ve­hi­cle – the EQC SUV – go­ing on sale now priced from £65,640.

The EQC is said to have a sin­gle charge range of up to 259 miles with its lithium-ion bat­tery pow­er­ing a mo­tor which de­vel­ops 408hp giv­ing it a 0 to 60 ac­cel­er­a­tion time of 5.1 sec­onds.

Six ver­sions of the car are be­ing of­fered with the line up top­ping out from £79,260 for a spe­cially trimmed Edi­tion 1886 ver­sion which in­cludes the com­pany’s aug­mented nav­i­ga­tion set up, its MBUX con­nec­tiv­ity sys­tem and a sur­round­sound hi-fi among its stan­dard fea­tures.

Over at Honda, the Ja­panese car maker is press­ing ahead with its plan to see all of its cars elec­tri­fied by 2025 and has an­nounced its new elec­tric car will be the Honda e as seen in pro­to­type form at the Geneva mo­tor show ear­lier in the year.

Honda says it has al­ready re­ceived more than 6,500 in­quiries about its elec­tric model in the UK and that’s be­fore prices have been re­vealed. The com­pany has also an­nounced that its next gen­er­a­tion Jazz – due to be re­vealed at the Tokyo mo­tor show later in the year – will be avail­able with a hy­brid pow­er­train sim­i­lar to that al­ready fit­ted to the CR-V hy­brid SUV. *Polestar, the elec­tric arm of Volvo, is to set up a re­search and de­vel­op­ment cen­tre in Coven­try where it will employ around 60 engi­neers.

Mercedes Benz EQ SUV and be­low VW’S ID.3

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