Volkswagen has readied another concept for the Auto Salon this March. This latest member of the electric I.D. family is a full-grown premium saloon with extended autonomous features. Both the car as well as the range are designed as extra long.
The I.D. Vizzion measures no less than 5.11 metres and that sort of space fits a 111 kWh battery pack which Volkswagen hopes will last for 665 kilometres, factoring in regenerative breaking. Two electric drives deliver 225 kW together for a top speed of 180 kph.
Volkswagen added autonomous driving capabilities for all sorts of traffic situations and speaks of a “virtual host, with which passengers communicate via voice and gesture control,” while it adapts to each driver over time.
The I.D. Vizzion is the fourth concept of the I.D. range with the first I.D.2 to launch as an electric car in the compact class by 2020, followed by the electric SUV, I.D. CROZZ3, and the I.D. BUZZ4 in short intervals. Earlier reports suggested that both the I.D. and I.D. Crozz could make their debut even sooner, by 2019.
All the I.D. models will feature a new electronics architecture Volkswagen is working on reportedly and every model builds on VW’s MEB platform that will be used across a range of Volkswagen brands.
According to the carmaker’s ambitious Roadmap E presented in September, Volkswagen will electrify its entire model portfolio until 2030. That are 80 electrified models in less than ten years. Another target of VW is to sell 1m all-electric cars by 2025. Alas, deliveries have been slow with wait times for the e-Golf or e-Up standing at half a year despite a second shift at the Dresden plant (we reported).
A new EV facility is to churn out I.D. electric cars starting at the end of 2019 when initially one of two production lines in Zwickau shall be completely modified to manufacture the I.D. with operation kick-off planned before that year’s end. Once the second production line will start rolling in 2020, VW is going to run its Zwickau site exclusively as electric mobility plant with a production rate of 1,500 EVs a day.