Recently, Volkswagen showcased the I.D. VIZZION concept car at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show in the beginning of this month. Since then, the speculations regarding the production and revelation of the production model has been making news in the automobile industry all over the world. Now, the German automaker has announced that the pre-production models for its I.D models will be going into assembly since April 2018.
However as announced earlier, the production of the I.D. all-electric hatchback is scheduled for November 2019 which means that there is 1.5-years or so to complete the development by VW. Also, the I.D. will be followed by the I.D. CROZZ and I.D. BUZZ. Though, both these models will be sold in the U.S., the I.D. all-electric hatchback will not make its way to the US market.
According to a statement by VW, “From 2020, the Volkswagen brand plans to introduce an entirely new generation of full electric cars based on the modular electrification toolkit (MEB). Preparations for this offensive are proceeding to schedule. With an investment of about €1 billion, the brand will transform the Zwickau plant into the European competence centre for e-mobility and will produce all the MEB vehicles for the European market there. In future, up to 1,500 MEB vehicles per day are to roll off the production line at the plant. Other competence centers are planned in China and North America. This will mean that the next generation of electric cars will be launched at almost the same time in the three major regions.”
The I.D is Volkswagen first EV model and was showcased in concept form at the 2016 Paris Motor Show. Volkswagen recently also announced that 16 of its facilities around the world will be upgraded to start producing EVs within the next five years and the Zwickau plant in Germany will produce up to 1,500 MEB vehicles per day making it 100, 000 in the first year is the minimum.
The Volkswagen I.D. is an electric vehicle based on the new all electric MEB platform by the automaker. A production vehicle based on this prototype will be launched in 2020 and it will be one of five new Volkswagen brand models based on the MEB platform. The MEB platform which is designed from the outset as a battery-electric skateboard chassis is a dedicated EV platform allows the wheels to be pushed to the corners, leaving pleasantly short overhangs front and rear, and its rear-mounted electric motor affords greater room for the front wheels to turn more sharply than with a front-mounted powertrain. The platform will also be used by many other brands owned by Volkswagen Group.
Though, initially when the I.D. goes into production in 2020, it will be a standard EV. However, by 2025, Volkswagen intends to sell a version with an I.D. Pilot autonomous-driving mode. As a concept car, the I.D. has the Pilot tech, which explains the four backlit circles on the roof, one at each corner. Stay tuned to V3cars.com for further updates on the VW I.D. production models.