Generally, the image of an electric car has been one of a small minicar (although Tesla has changed that perception in recent years) which was the case initially. This was because the early electric cars had limited power and needed to be small as well as light. However, with increasing advancements in technologies and materials, it has slowly become possible to increase the size of electric cars. Gradually, we are seeing similar categories of vehicles as those powered by conventional engines also appearing for the electric segment.
In time, there will also be small models, medium-sized models and even luxury models as flagships. Volkswagen’s Vizzion concept car shows what a flagship model will be like. It will take its place at the top of the I.D. range which will have different models, all running only on electricity.
With the Vizzion, Volkswagen defines the saloon of tomorrow and beyond: autonomous driving, effortless control via augmented reality, and adaptive learning thanks to artificial intelligence. The I.D. Vizzion will thus achieve a new dimension of comfort, convenience, safety, and sustainability.
“Upon first glance, the I.D. Vizzion demonstrates how the All-New Electric Architecture gives us a completely new type of freedom in designing the vehicle interior and exterior,” Dr. Herbert Diess, Chairman of the Volkswagen Brand Board of Management when presenting the company’s latest concept car in Geneva.
This concept car transfers the charismatic design DNA of the I.D. models into the world of large saloon cars. In the process, the lounge-like interior was redefined as well. Thanks to its new vehicle architecture, the car offers its passengers a level of spaciousness beyond that of typical premium-class vehicles in the 5-metre category. This particular feeling of spaciousness is part of the vehicle’s unique comfort experience.
Operating the Vizzion is fully effortless, thanks to intuitive interactions between human and machine using augmented reality, mixed-reality eyewear (HoloLens), and voice control functionality. Augmented reality entails the use of virtual control elements and displays which are projected inside the car. Passengers view these features with their HoloLens and operate them using gesture control. The car’s communications technology has advanced to make it a virtual assistant which is capable of learning and responds empathically.
The Vizzion offers one thing above all – greater personal space. That is because it is a smart device on wheels that does not require a driver and thereby becomes a chauffeur. Because it is so comprehensively connected that it is part of the digital world, its passengers can relax, communicate, or work while on the road.
The Vizzion demonstrates how Volkswagen is making progress year after year on its path to the future. While user operation via augmented reality gives an outlook on the year 2030, automated driving at the highest level is already conceivable starting in 2025. The electric all-wheel drive system with two electric motors and 225 kW system output is expected to have an operating range of up to 665 kms towards 2022. This is the year when the initial version of the Vizzion with conventional controls will be launched.
With the Vizzion, Volkswagen is also demonstrating the excellent overall potential of the newly developed technological basis for the I.D. Family – the All-New Electric Architecture. “The technological design principle of our I.D. Family is hard to deny: its dimensions, battery, and drive system are scalable. This allows us to occupy multiple segments and meet customer demands – up to and including a large touring saloon,” explained Dr Frank Welsch, Board Member of the Volkswagen Brand, Technical Development Division.
Taken in total, the I.D. Family represents the advent of the electric mobility age for the Volkswagen brand. “We plan to build around one million all-electric vehicles per year already by 2025. The compact I.D. and the I.D.Crozz SUV will make their debut in 2020, followed in 2022 by the I.D. Buzz large capacity passenger vehicle and the Vizzion,” said Dr. Diess.
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