VW sets out EV stall in Shanghai

Geronimo Vena
Aprile 20, 2017

As we've noted before, this week's Shanghai auto show is turning out to be a whole lot better for new green cars and concepts than last week's NY auto show.

General Motors Co. has announced plans to manufacture and sell a gasoline-electric hybrid version of its Chevrolet Volt in China.

With this said, VW is expected to bring its I.D. concepts to market gradually, starting in 2020 with its compact vehicle - positioned in the same segment as VW's Golf.

The auto is rear-wheel drive unless its electric propshaft detects extra grip is needed up front, when power is distributed between the front and rear axles in fractions of a second. Using an existing 150kW DC charger, the ID Crozz can recharge to 80 per cent power in the usual 30-minutes-or-so. (The gesture control can also even supposedly be used to open the sunroof.) And it has autonomous tech, too - tap the VW logo on the steering wheel, and the Crozz will whisk you away in self-driving mode. The 182.1-inch-long, four-seat I.D. Crozz delivers interior space roughly in line with the new extended-wheelbase Tiguan Allspace, though it lacks the internal-combustion production car's third row.

The 83-kWh lithium-ion batteries are stored beneath the length of the cabin's floor, which provides a balanced 48/52 percent front/rear weight distribution.

Underpinning the latest Volkswagen concept vehicle is Volkswagen's modular electric architecture platform and a newly developed chassis that employs a MacPherson strut front and 6-link rear suspension with variable damping control.

However, it appears a crossover-like electric vehicle will head into production.

The German automaker unveiled I.D.

In terms of performance, the I.D. Crozz is powered by two electric motors - 75 kW at the front axle, and 150 kw at the rear - totaling 225 kW (302 horsepower). VW is working, along with other auto makers, on much faster 350kW chargers, which could chop that charging time down to just ten minutes. It was slow to develop fully electric cars and has been prone to engineering excesses and bloated costs, which are still evident in weak profit margins at the namesake brand. Additionally, autonomous lighting indicators inside and outside the vehicle switch on to alert those inside and outside of the vehicle that it is driving itself. At this point, the vehicle is just a concept, which is why it has some rather interesting features.

The dashboard houses a multifunctional steering wheel, 10.2-inch infotainment tablet, 5.8-inch active info display, door panel controls and an augmented reality head-up display.

. I.D. Pilot is estimated to roll out sometime around 2025.

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