Volkswagen will unveil a new electric hatchback concept called the ID at the Paris motor show as a precursor to a range of up to five battery-powered vehicles already granted a developmental green light by VW brand boss Herbert Diess.
The move is part of the ambitious Strategy 2025 plan aimed at netting the German car maker up to one million electric car sales annually by the middle of the next decade.
The concept will sport a new design lineage that Wolfsburg sources suggest will influence the appearance of the new generation of electric cars.
The five-seat concept is described by Diess as being slightly smaller than a Golf but with interior space comparable to that of a Passat and an electric range of 400-600km (250-370 miles). That is roughly double the reach of the recently upgraded BMW i3, which will rival VW’s production model.
The concept, which is undergoing construction at the company’s engineering headquarters with the working title Nuv-e (New Urban Vehicle Electric), is set to preview VW’s new modular electric architecture (MEB) platform in detail. It will use scalable electric motors, axles and suspension to allow for models ranging from the supermini to luxury segments, according to a senior VW source with knowledge of the company’s electric vehicle plans.
The advanced new structure was first hinted at by the Budd-e concept revealed at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January. It is being developed in parallel with a larger electric car platform, work on which is already well under way at Audi as the basis for the production version of its e-tron quattro concept.