10. Volkswagen I.D.
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Okay, I know, another electric concept. This is a crucial model though, since this could become the all-electric Volkswagen that spearheads the company’s green offensive from 2020 onwards.
The I.D. concept is the first of five new electric vehicles planned by Volkswagen, but has been built to showcase the design language, electric drive technology and modular platform architecture set to underpin VW’s new electric range. Design-wise, it’s a radical departure, given that there’s no front grille at all, a windscreen/stretched panoramic roof, digital headlights and an illuminated badge, all of which are set to become electric VW staples in the coming years.
Though similar in dimensions to the VW Golf, the I.D. still shades the company’s flagship hatchback in height, width and length by 77mm, 9mm and 155mm respectively. At the base is VW’s new MEB architecture, which – for the first time – sandwiches the lithium-ion batteries that power the 168bhp electric motor, allowing more cabin room as a result. Don’t think that negates its efficiency though: theoretical electric range stands at an impressive 600km, while up to 80 percent of the power can be recharged through the mains in just 30 minutes. And just because we’re discussing the future here, the I.D. has been fully developed with autonomous driving in mind by 2025.