Volk­swa­gen ID

The rst ded­i­cated elec­tric ve­hi­cle from Volk­swa­gen takes the form of a fu­tur­is­ti­clook­ing fam­ily hatch­back Price from £26,000 (est)

What Car? - - Electric Car Special - Dar­ren Moss Dar­[email protected]­mar­ket.com

VOLK­SWA­GEN IS NO stranger to elec­tric ve­hi­cles, but the new ID hatch­back will be the brand’s rst car to have been de­signed as an EV from the out­set – as op­posed to the e-golf and e-up, which are elec­tri ed vari­ants of ex­ist­ing cars.

With styling that will stay true to the fu­tur­is­tic con­cept of 2016 in all but de­tails, the ID takes the form of a ve-door fam­ily hatch­back. It’s pow­ered by a 168bhp elec­tric mo­tor that drives the rear wheels and prom­ises to de­liver a 0-62mph sprint time of less than eight sec­onds and a top speed of about 100mph.

The ID’S range will be be­tween 249 and 373 miles, de­pend­ing on the ver­sion, far eclips­ing what is of­fered by the ma­jor­ity of to­day’s small elec­tric cars. Such ad­vances are likely to have been made pos­si­ble by new bat­tery tech­nol­ogy that al­lows en­ergy to be stored far more densely than cur­rent bat­ter­ies can man­age.

The bat­ter­ies can be recharged to 80% of ca­pac­ity within 30 min­utes, us­ing the fastest charg­ing points found at mo­tor­way ser­vice sta­tions.

The ID is longer, taller and slightly wider than the Golf. Clever pack­ag­ing is said to give the ID gen­er­ous in­te­rior space as well as a tight turn­ing cir­cle, thanks to its rear-mounted mo­tor.

The ID is ex­pected to of­fer ad­vanced au­ton­o­mous driv­ing, with the orig­i­nal con­cept fea­tur­ing a steer­ing wheel that could be stowed away while the car was driv­ing it­self. This is un­likely to fea­ture on the pro­duc­tion model, though.

Pric­ing has yet to be re­vealed, but Volk­swa­gen has said the ID should be com­pa­ra­ble with a diesel ver­sion of the Golf. A start­ing price of around £26,000 is there­fore likely – and that’s be­fore the Gov­ern­ment’s £4500 grant is taken into ac­count.

‘Clever pack­ag­ing re­sults in gen­er­ous in­te­rior space and a tight turn­ing cir­cle’

ID is a lit­tle big­ger all round than to­day’s Golf, with the mo­tor at the rear

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