VW develops common platform for high-volume EV applications
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The latest model in Volkswagen’s I.D. pure EV family of concept cars, which made its world debut at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, is also the largest model in the range and, arguably, the most advanced. The Vizzion is the flagship of the I.D. range set to hit the streets after other Volkswagen I.D. family members such as the Crozz and Buzz. The I.D. family is at the heart of the Volkswagen Group’s plan to make emobility affordable starting in 2020 with global vehicle sales volume of 150,000, set to rise to more than one million by 2025. The I.D. family is said to be the first wave across all Volkswagen brands, and it will include around 10 million global vehicles based on the modular electric drive toolkit called MEB.
The modular assembly matrix is designed to stretch from compact cars to SUVs and people movers, achieving economies of scale intended to make electric vehicles cheaper and more affordable for many people. Primary I.D./ MEB propulsion elements are an electric motor integrated into the rear axle with power electronics and transmission, a high-voltage flat battery pack installed in the vehicle floor to save space, and auxiliary powertrains integrated into the front end of the vehicle. The battery’s modular layout allows for scalable ranges from about 200 to more than 340 mi on the WLTP cycle.
A range of features will be enabled by a new E3 end-to-end electronics architecture and a new vw.OS operating system. The VW I.D. family based on the MEB rollout starts with an SUV in the style of the I.D. CROZZ concept in 2020, the same year of release as the compact I.D. The I.D. BUZZ concept, patterned after the legendary Microbus/Bulli, will influence a production version in 2022, with the VIZZION previewing a sedan expected in 2022. Other VW Group brands will fill in the EV portfolio.
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