Volkswagen is set to unveil the concept version of its entry-level electric ID ‘people’s car’ at this year’s Frankfurt motor show.
The firm will use the event to showcase the production version of the ID 3, its first bespoke electric car on its new MEB architecture. But the firm will also showcase a new ID concept there.
Volkswagen confirmed the nomenclature for its ID range at the pre-booking launch of the ID 3, with sales boss Jurgen Stackmann noting that calling the first Golf-sized model the 3 allowed for the range to be expanded with both smaller and larger models.
Speaking about the prospect of entry-level ID models, Stackmann said: “The commitment is that we start in the compact class, and the cars coming next are compact class cars. Frankfurt will be the reveal of the ID 3, and an idea of what’s coming next - and that’s clearly compact, because that’s what Volkswagen does.”
With the Golf-sized model taking the ID 3 tag, the Polo-sized entry level car will be called the ID 1, leaving room for an ID 2 compact crossover SUV.
Stackmann noted that the larger ID models, based on the already seen Crozz, Buzz, Vizzion and Roomzz concepts, would be the next cars to reach production, but emphasised the firm’s commitment to making genuinely affordable electric cars.
“In the long term we clearly need to scale down and be more aggressive on prices,” said Stackmann. “That will be a scale of industrialisation, and it will take some time until we bring it into classes.”
Autocar first reported in February that Volkswagen bosses had confirmed that the brand would launch a mass-market, affordable electric car costing under £18,000.