Volkswagen is to reveal the I.D. electric concept at the Paris Motor Show.
The I.D. is, the company says, a highly automated electric car that will be able to cover a distance of 400 to 600 kms on a single battery charge and will go into production in 2020.
VW goes even further by claiming a fully autonomous version will be ready by 2025.
The I.D. will be Volkswagen’s first compact concept car based on its new MEB, or Modular Electric Drive kit, that is designed as a purely electric vehicle architecture.
Its zero-emissions drive system consists primarily of the electric motor, power electronics and transmission integrated in the rear axle, a space-saving high-voltage flat battery in the floor of the car and ancillary equipment integrated in the front of the car.
The electric motor has a power output of 168 horsepower (125 kW), giving the I.D. zero to 100 km/h acceleration in less than 8 seconds and a top speed of 160 km/h.
VW is positioning the I.D. as a compact electric car with which Volkswagen aims to expand its range of high-volume models in parallel to existing global bestsellers such as the Polo, Golf, Tiguan and Passat.