Volkswagen has become very serious about its electrification push now that the dust has settled over its infamous diesel gate. The Wolfsburg-based carmaker has showcased three EVs so far from the ID range – the ID hatchback, ID Buzz and ID Crozz. Now the German carmaker is developing two new all-electric sedans to join the ID family in a couple of years’ time.
According to the leaked image, Volkswagen plans to introduce the new electric products for the global market by the year 2022. They have been currently named as ID Lounge and I.D. AEROe. ID Lounge, visible only as an outline, seems to be more of a station wagon rather than a three-box sedan while the latter appears to be a mid-size sporty sedan like the VW CC or the Audi A7. However, both these new EVs will be exclusively sold in the U.S. and China only.
The ID electric sedans will be based on the same MEB platform like the other ID vehicles. The MEB architecture was tailor-made for the electric vehicles by Volkswagen and will be seen underpinning all the electric cars falling under the Volkswagen umbrella.
The MEB platform is quite favourable for the EVs, pointed out the carmaker, since it provides a compact electric powertrain with either rear-wheel or all-wheel drive layout. The cabin space is boosted as well, thus providing a larger volume on the inside in a relatively smaller car. The range promised is also in excess of 500kilometres.
The first production version of the ID EV will hit the road as early as 2019 with the ID hatchback. This will be followed by the launch of the ID Crozz and the two new speculated EVs, before the ID Buzz finally makes into production. The onslaught of the electric vehicles is a part of Volkswagen’s grand scheme to introduce 30 or more electric vehicles and anticipates to sell one million (10 lakh) electric vehicles by the year 2025.