Volkswagen ID range: What is it and when can you get one?
Strange things are afoot when a manufacturer decides to show an advert for a range of concept vehicles you can’t buy, but this is the world we live in now.
With so much interest and excitement around who is doing what regarding electric vehicles, Volkswagen appear to at least want to reassure the car buying public that they have plenty in the pipeline in the form of their ID range, as seen below:
Volkswagen has been slowly adding to their ID range of electric vehicles for the past four years, but it all started way back at the 2016 Paris Motor Show with the reveal of ID Hatchback.
The next time we heard about it, the hatchback appeared with the codename ID Neo. Based on the company’s latest MEB platform, the Neo was promised to be a five-door Golf-sized hatchback, albeit with the interior space of the larger Passat, and driven by two electric motors featuring all-wheel-drive.
Slated to be one of the first carbon neutral vehicles ever made when it entered production, rumours stated there would be three mileage ranges of the Neo on offer at three price points: the entry level £17k model would offer limited performance and a range of 205 miles, and a mid-spec model would achieve up to 280 miles on a single charge.
Three years on, the hatchback made it’s debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2019 under a new name…
The first model of a completely new generation of pure electric vehicles, the ID.3 reflects the realignment of the Volkswagen brand and is the first model to wear the new Volkswagen logo.
At series production launch, the ID.3 will be available with three battery size options. The basic variant will be priced under €30,000 and has a usable energy content of 45 kWh which enables a range of up to 205 miles.
Alongside this is a battery variant with 58 kW, which enables the ID.3 to achieve a range of up to 260 miles, with the largest 77 kWh battery model offers a range up to 341 miles.
Thanks to its fast charging capability, it is possible to charge the ID.3 for a range of around 180 miles within 30 minutes, using a 100 kW fast charger.
The ID.3 made its UK debut three months after the reveal, as part of a partnership between VW, Tesco and Pod Point to install around 2,400 EV charging points. With 100 Tesco stores now offering free charging to shoppers, it seemed the ideal time for the Volkswagen ID.3 to test one out.
The introduction of the ID.3 has been slow and steady, and few cars being launched in 2020 are as significant as the all-electric hatchback. But has a spanner been thrown into the works? With coronavirus-induced factory shutdowns in Europe, will Volkswagen be able to meet their August launch?
Another ID model that has undergone a name change over the course of development is the ID.4
Previously named ID Crozz, it will be Volkswagen’s first Sports Electric Utility Vehicle. A mix between an SUV and a four-door coupe, the ID.4 was revealed as part of a webcast following the cancellation of the 2020 Geneva Motor Show.
“The outstanding aerodynamics reduce the drag coefficient, and it will boost the ID.4’s range to up to 500 kilometres (approximately 311 miles), depending on the drive package." said Ralf Brandstätter, chief operating officer of the Volkswagen brand.
The high-performance battery can be charged to 80% of its energy capacity in 30 minutes using a fast-charging system.
An ideal weight distribution between the two axles is achieved by centrally integrating the battery within the ID.4 and having the two drive system units at the front and rear. This enables the SUEV to demonstrate handling characteristics on a par with those of a Golf GTI.
Volkswagen has given themselves the ambitious aim of launching the SUEV alongside the ID.3 later this year, with a rear-wheel drive model available at launch followed by an all-wheel drive version at a later date.
Volkswagen ID. Vizzion
Slated to be Volkswagen’s first all-electric saloon, the ID Vizzion concept was originally shown off at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show with Volkswagen stating we’ll see a production Vizzion by 2022 at the latest.
At over five metres long, it is VW’s largest I.D. concept car to date and is similar in size to the latest Audi A8.
The powertrain features two electric motors (75kW at the front and 150kW at the rear) together producing 225kW, or 306bhp. It can get from 0-62mph in 6.3 seconds but, due to its autonomous systems, the Vizzion’s top speed is limited to 111mph.
Thanks to brake regeneration tech, its 11kWh lithium-ion batteries aims to be capable of up to 413 miles without recharging.
Volkswagen ID. Buzz
As one of the most iconic Volkswagen’s ever made, it should really be no surprise to find out that their famed Microbus will be getting the EV treatment in the near future. The concept shown above was originally previewed at the Concours d'Elegance in Pebble Beach, California in 2017.
At 4,942mm in length, 1,976mm wide and 1,963mm tall, the production version, which is based on the new all-electric architecture, will incorporate many design ideas from the concept car. It will also feature variable seating, interactive connectivity and highly automated driving.
The production model will have its batteries mounted in the vehicle floor and as the electric drive doesn't take up much space the front and rear axles can be mounted very far apart from one another. This results in a long wheelbase and short overhangs, which makes for more space on the inside.
The vehicle therefore looks like a short compact van on the outside, even as it offers the generous interior space of a large van on the inside meaning both the driver and passengers has plenty of room for a comfortable journey.
Volkswagen has also set a launch date for the I.D. Buzz, which will arrive at dealerships after the ID Vizzion in 2022.
ID. Space Vizzion
The latest concept to be announced, Volkswagen debuted the ID. Space Vizzion at the Los Angeles Auto Show on November 19th 2019.
The concept car features a 82kWh battery capacity with a range of 300 miles. Featuring a system output of up to 250kW it accelerates to 62mph in 5.4 seconds.
With its fully digitalised cockpit, driving information is shown in an Augmented Reality head-up-display. All entertainment, comfort and online functions, as well as vehicle settings are grouped together on a 15.6-inch touchscreen.
“So far, with our ID. family, we have shown what is possible with electric vehicles in each known car category. With the ID. Space Vizzion we create a new, fully electric segment,” said Klaus Bischoff, Head of Volkswagen Design.
Combining the aerodynamic characteristics of a Gran Turismo with the spaciousness of an SUV, a production version is expected to be released in late 2021.
The bigger brother to the ID.4, ID. Roomzz was shown off in concept form at the Shanghai Motor Show in 2019.
Set to be launched in China in 2021, the spacious SUV will feature three rows of seats and on request it can glide fully automatically through the traffic in ID. Pilot mode thanks to Level 4 Autonomy.
With this in mind, various seating configurations can be adapted from the three rows. When the driver switches to fully automatic driving mode, the individual seats can be rotated inward by 25 degrees to enable a more communicative, lounge-like atmosphere on board.
With its 82-kWh battery, the ID. Roomzz boasts a range of up to 279 miles, with the concept car able to be recharged to 80% of its capacity via a fast charging system with 150 kW (DC).
Two electric motors can continuously drive both axles with a system output of 306bhp and a 0-62 in 6.6 seconds. This helps it reach top speeds of up to 112mph.