Volkswagen I.D. Concept Is Fully Electric And Totally Autonomous

Full details and a host of images of Volkswagen’s I.D. Electric Concept have been released following the vehicle’s world premiere at the Paris Auto Show.

The I.D. is the brand’s first in a fleet of innovative electric vehicles based around its Modular Electric Drive (MEB) architecture. Additionally, the concept previews a unique styling language which will be present in the automaker’s future range of electric cars and is due to go on sale in 2020.

Driving the I.D. is an electric motor delivering 168 hp and while VW hasn’t revealed the size of the model’s battery pack, it claims the concept can accelerate from zero to 62 mph (100 km/h) in less than 8 seconds and onto a top speed of 99 mph (159 km/h). According to the automaker, under European test conditions the concept has a range of between 400 to 600 km (249 to 373 miles).

It also states that production versions of the I.D. may be configurable with more or less powerful electric motors as well as well as battery packs with differing capacities, all depending on what the customer needs.

As the concept car’s battery is local low and in the center of vehicle, it has a weight distribution of 48:52 per cent front to rear and is said to provide neutral handling. The battery can be charged via a cable or thanks to an inductive charging station and in just 30 minutes, the battery pack can be charged to 80 per cent of its capacity.

Alongside its advanced electric powertrain, the I.D. is the very first Volkswagen capable of fully automated driving. To enable the self-driving mode, all a driver has to do is press the Volkswagen logo on the steering wheel for three seconds and the car will take control and the steering wheel will retreat into the dashboard.

Guiding the concept are four roof-mounted laser scanners as well as side area view cameras, a front camera, ultrasonic sensors and radar sensors. Beyond driving itself, the advanced concept can find a parking space without any assistance from the driver. To disable the autonomous driving, all the operator has to do is press the brake or accelerator pedals. Volkswagen says the autonomous features will be available from 2025.

Elsewhere, the I.D. adopts a plethora of unique technologies. For example, it has an advanced head-up display which projects virtual images on the windscreen which appear to be up to 49 feet ahead of the car. When the satellite navigation system is enabled this means that virtual arrows will be projected to show where the car will turn off.

The concept car also includes a large 10-inch display which utilizies three transparent layers to display all manner of information, from navigation, to digital content and through to important driving data like the car’s speed and range.

PHOTO GALLERY

2021 Genesis GV70 Compact Luxury SUV Shows Production Body For The First Time

The Genesis GV70 will go up against the Audi Q5, BMW X3, Mercedes-Benz GLC and the like.

Ford Recalls 2019 Rangers Over HVAC Fire Risk

This is the second recall to impact 2019 model year Ford Rangers in the U.S.

Musk Says Tesla Pickup Will Be Like A Futuristic “Armored Personnel Carrier”

The Tesla pickup truck is shaping up to be unlike any other truck on the market.

2021 Hyundai Tucson Drops Heavy Camo To Reveal Sporty Body

The all-new Hyundai Tucson will feature a more raked roofline and coupe-like window line.

Volkswagen Delays Final Decision On New Turkish Car Factory Over Syria Invasion

VW is postponing their decision as criticism grows over Turkey’s ongoing military operation in Syria.

2020 Ford Transit Custom Nugget Launched With New Engine, Onboard Wi-Fi Modem

The latest Ford camper van has gained an 182 HP variant of its 2.0-liter diesel engine and has just been launched in the UK, where it starts at £56,273.

This Is It: 2020 VW Golf Revealed Ahead Of Schedule, What Do You Think?

These photos of a 2020 VW Golf look like the real deal and likely show an entry-level version.

Renault’s Sharpening Up Its Electric Game, Zero-Emissions Twingo Comes Into Play

The electric Twingo, which will use a rear-mounted motor, could launch as early as next year and is one of eight EVs Renault plans to have in its fleet by 2022.

Toyota Copen GR Sport Is A New Tiny Convertible Sports Car For Japan

Made by Daihatsu but marketed as a Toyota, the Copen GR Sport will launch next month priced at nearly $22,000.

Peugeot’s New Electric Mountain Bike Has Better Range Than Some EVs

The eM01 FS PowerTube has an autonomy of up to 87 miles and will launch early next year in five versions.