Volkswagen presents three new electric cars
At the Los Angeles Auto Show, Volkswagen offered visitors a look at the future of its electric mobility campaign. Volkswagen is presented three show cars at the Californian show—the compact I.D., the I.D. BUZZ, and the I.D. CROZZ SUV. The company says these offerings represent a completely new vehicle architecture that has been consistently designed for electric drive systems. By 2025, the Volkswagen brand plans to sell one million electric vehicles per year. The first model from the all-electric I.D. family for Europe will be a compact model, while in the U.S. the first model will be an SUV.
The I.D. models are based on the all-electric architecture that will be used group-wide. The company says that the new e-vehicles offer zero-emission long-distance travel, fast charging capability, and spacious, flexible interiors. "The special features of our architecture are the new proportions with long wheelbases and short overhangs," said Christian Senger, Head of the e-mobility product line at Volkswagen. He added, "This enables us to create a completely new space concept offering great flexibility for vehicle occupants and cargo."
Senger used the example of the I.D. compact car to demonstrate how the size of the interior has grown: "It has the exterior dimensions of a Golf, but offers as much interior space as a Passat." This is possible due to a space-saving axially parallel e-drive and the high-voltage battery housed in the vehicle floor. This also applies to all other body shapes: "The all-electric architecture enables all kinds of different vehicle types to be developed, from the compact class to a seven-seater SUV."
In addition to the three models already presented (compact vehicle, SUV, and MPV), new members will be added to the I.D. family in future, including a saloon. Not only do all models have electric drive as a common feature, but the company says they also have a new kind of connectivity. Instead of a large number of control units, in the future the vehicle electrical system will have central board computers with central software that can always be updated and upgraded.
Even before visiting a Volkswagen dealership, customers can virtually experience the new electric vehicles, also in unusual places. Jürgen Stackmann, member of the board of management of the Volkswagen brand responsible for sales, marketing and after-sales, said, "We are cooperating with Microsoft here: augmented reality allows us to present the new car virtually in space or in a particular place with the help of HoloLens glasses, for example in cafés and shopping malls."
Further cooperation between Volkswagen and an IT group concerns infotainment being realized together with IBM called Predictive We Services. The basis for this is the digital assistant "Watson," which researches possible intermediate destinations for shopping or dinner online and is also able to book them with voice command during the journey.