By 2025, Volkswagen aims to have at least 20 models in its range which run only on electricity. In fact, by 2020, the first of a totally new line of electrically-powered vehicles (EVs) – known as I.D. – will be launched and it will be the first Volkswagen built on the Modular Electric Drive (MEB) platform. The model will be in the compact class and followed, at short intervals, by a new electric SUV – the I.D. CROZZ – and the I.D. BUZZ which is a spacious saloon.
In time, Volkswagen will offer an EV in every segment and for its upper-level premium class, there will be the VIZZION, which will be shown as a concept model in Geneva next month. Like the other I.D. models, its electric drive makes the car non-polluting while an automatic driving control system will make it safe and much more comfortable.
With the VIZZION, Volkswagen wants to demonstrate how elegant and emotional the design of an EV can still be. The absence of a steering wheel and other traditional controls has given the interior designers freedom to create a new cabin environment with a premium ambience.
The ‘digital chauffeur’, with its many assistance systems, assumes control of the vehicle – without a steering wheel or visible controls. For the ‘driver’ and passengers, this signifies a new dimension of safety and comfort. The car can drive, steer and navigate on its own in traffic, enabling passengers to freely structure their time during the drive. A virtual host, with which passengers communicate via voice and gesture control, knows the personal preferences of the vehicle guests – thanks to complete embedding into the digital eco-system – and it adapts to each of them individually.
The powertrain of the 5.11-metre long VIZZION is targeted to be 225 kW, which will be able to take the car to a claimed top speed of 180 km/h. The 111-kWh lithium-ion battery pack should give a driving range of up to 665 kms, the long distance made possible with energy regeneration during braking. Based on its intelligent management, the two electric motors cooperate with maximum efficiency and drive all four wheels of the saloon.
This fourth member of the I.D. range shows, for the first time, a concept of an autonomously driving automobile from Volkswagen. The goal is to apply innovative technology to making the automobile cleaner, safer and much more convenient and comfortable. With these new qualities, the car will be able to further extend its significance and value for future mobility. Furthermore, use of this car will be made possible for customer groups who cannot drive today, e.g. because of their age.