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Compact urban EV will use a shortened version of the ID 3’s platform with performance and efficiency improvements

Volkswagen is ramping up to unveil its long-awaited compact urban EV priced at around the £17,000 mark.

The German car maker gave a hint of what to expect from its most affordable EV with the quirky ID Life concept at last year’s Munich motor show, but a new preview image suggests the design team have gone back to the drawing board to give the production version a stronger visual link to the Volkswagen Trinity saloon, which will go on sale at around the same time.

Earlier this year, it was reported that Volkswagen designers were seeking to give the production version of the ID Life a more futuristic look and emphasise its digital functionality, with the aim of attracting younger buyers.

The sketch shows that a sleeker, more muscular silhouette is the result, with an angular front end and characteristic ID cues, such as the horizontal front light bar, cementing its position in the expanding ID family.

The new Polo-sized EV – which is expected to take the ID 1 name into production – will use a shortened version of the ID 3’s platform, referred to as MEB Entry and reduced in length by around 100mm.

It is also expected to be offered with the same 231bhp front-mounted motor and 57kWh battery as the concept to give a range of nearly 250 miles and a 0-62mph time of less than seven seconds.

Overall, it will offer substantial performance, efficiency and functionality improvements over the Volkswagen e-Up, for which it will essentially serve as a replacement.

It will be built from 2025 in Spain – alongside technically identical sibling models from Cupra and Skoda – where the Volkswagen Group has committed £8.5 billion to the electrification of its operations, including the construction of a dedicated battery factory.

Volkswagen Group CEO Herbert Diess was keen to stress the role the new budget EVs will play in ramping up volumes.

“It made sense to come into EVs top down, but by 2025 we think the time will be right for a Polo-sized car,” he said. “We have a new generation of batteries; aside from the raw material price rises, now our costs are coming down with scale. “The demand is there and the margins are there for small electric cars to be profitable.”

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cdp 24 May 2022

As others have said the prices is way out. Possibly quoting without VAT and dealer margin?The electric 208 is about £26,000 and I'd expect this to be similar. 

Nickktod 24 May 2022

We're frequently told that the date when EVs will be cheaper to produce than equivalent ICE cars is 2025 so I'm sure it's no coincidence that is the date when this is due to arrive and it makes the price seem not unachievable: 

Drivetrains are far cheaper for EVs already, and factory gate prices for batteries (the expensive bit of an EV) are down to USD 100 per KW/h and still falling, so the 57KW/h battery in this is already less than £5k. How much does the engine and gearbox of a Polo cost to build?

catnip 24 May 2022

It needs a further 100mm length reduction to be down to the size of the Polo, in itself quite a large 'supermini', so I don't know why we still get this claim that its any sort of replacement for an e-Up. Still, the price reduction over the original Id-Life (£17500) is welcome, maybe by the time the next installment of this story is released it will be cheaper yet again.