Introducing the Volkswagen ID 2all electric concept
After doubling down on its electric vehicle strategy with a new investment of close to 200 billion dollars (180 billion euros) to accelerate the digitalization and development of electric vehicles in the next five years, VW is going ahead with a new EV concept.
VW delivered more than 570,000 EVs last year, maintaining its position as the BEV market leader in Europe, but the automaker believes it is well positioned for future growth with several new vehicle launches on deck.
To fend off incoming competition from Tesla and many others, Volkswagen has introduced its inexpensive electric vehicle, the ID 2all concept that costs less than $27,000 (€25,000).
The ID 2all is just as roomy as its Golf model and just as economical as the Polo that sits under the recently updated ID. 3, with a range of up to 279 miles (450 km) and several new features. Volkswagen Passenger Cars CEO Thomas Shafer explains:
We are rapidly and radically transforming the company, with the clear goal of making Volkswagen a genuine Love Brand. The identification. 2all shows where we want to take the brand. We want to be close to the customer and offer the best technology in combination with fantastic design. We are implementing the transformation at pace to bring electric mobility to the masses.
VW’s affordable EV will be based on its new modular electric drive (MEB) platform, dubbed the MEB Entry Platform, and will be the first front-wheel drive vehicle based on it.
Initial plans required Volkswagen identification. The LIFE concept will be the first affordable EV based on the new platform designed for the smaller car segment, but those plans have apparently been shelved.
Interior and exterior design
The exterior takes inspiration from Volkswagen classics like the Beetle and Golf, showcasing a new design language from the automaker.
On the exterior, the ID 2all features a “clear and powerful” stance with flared fenders that cover a wide track, a long wheelbase, and short overhangs along with a clean front end.
Volkswagen recently brought back former Bentley and Audi designer Andreas Mindt as head of design for Volkswagen Passenger Cars, who says the VW ID 2all concept is based on three pillars: stability, likeability, and enthusiasm.
One of the most prominent elements of the new interior design is the C-pillar design developed for the first Golf model. As such, the interior presents a high-quality and spacious appearance.
The 12.9 touchscreen has a new menu structure with a separate air conditioning control panel below. In addition, the new multifunction steering wheel is minimalist, with two rotating wheels and buttons on each side.
Powered by a “powerful electric drive motor,” the ID. 2 all rated at 222 hp (166 kW) and 226 PS, reaching 0-60 mph (0-100 km/h) in less than seven seconds.
Volkswagen says its new electric car can be charged to 80% in less than 20 minutes, though details are not mentioned.
Despite the ID 2all being considered a concept vehicle, Volkswagen says it will introduce the production version of the ID 2all for all European markets in 2025 with the aim of starting at less than 25,000 euros.
The automaker now plans for at least one in five vehicles sold worldwide to be electric by 2025, with the production version of the ID 2all being one of ten electric vehicles launched by VW by 2026.
This year VW will introduce the new ID. 3, identification. Buzz, and the ID. 7, to be followed by a compact electric SUV in 2026.