2016 Paris Motor Show: Volkswagen Previews Electric Future With I.D. Concept Electric Car

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German carmaker Volkswagen has unveiled the I.D. concept electric car at the 2016 Paris Motor Show. The I.D. concept previews the start of Volkswagen's shift towards an electrified future.

The I.D. is the first Volkswagen in a completely new fleet of highly innovative electric vehicles from the German manufacturer and it previews a production electric car that will be launched in 2020. 

I.D. is the first compact Volkswagen based on the company's Modular Electric Drive Kit (MEB) platform which has been exclusively developed for electric vehicles across the VW Group.

The I.D. is 4,100mm long, 1,800mm wide and 1,530mm in height. The I.D's wheelbase is 2,750mm long.

Powering the new I.D. concept is an electric motor which is mounted at the rear. The motor pushes out 168bhp and is powered by lithium ion batteries. The power is sent to the rear wheels of the car.

The rear mounted engine means that the new concept car has more space up front which promises excellent maneuverability in tight urban driving environments.

Volkswagen claims that the I.D. Concept has a turning circle of just 9.9 metres.

The I.D. concept electric car can sprint from 0 - 100km/h in under eight seconds and will keep on accelerating till it hits its top speed of 160km/h.

The I.D. concept has a range of between 400 to 600 kilometres on a single charge of its battery pack.The batteries can be charged both wirelessly and with the help of a conventional wired charger.

Volkswagen claim that a 30-minute charge can being the battery's power levels back up to 80 percent.

Design wise, the I.D. looks quite different from other Volkswagen's around with no grille whatsoever.

The digital interactive LED headlamps have been conceived to mimic the action of a human eye and are wrapped by the LED Daytime Running Lights, giving them a rather striking look.

The rear end is quite minimalist with the only major features being the ultra-sleek tail lamps.

The car has a two-tone look to thanks to the fact that the windscreen stretching over the top of the car to the rear end giving the car a panoramic roof that stretches over the enntire length of the interiors. .

The interiors are quite minimalist and can seat four people. The rear seats can be accessed by sliding the rear doors towards the rear.

The multi-function steering wheel folds into the dashboard when the fully autonomous I.D. Pilot mode is engaged.

Story first published: Thursday, September 29, 2016, 15:48 [IST]
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