Volkswagen ID EV Targets Tesla Model 3 And Chevy Bolt With 375-Mile Range, 2020 Debut

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While Volkswagen is in the midst of Dieselgate and is preparing to begin vehicle buybacks in the United States, the German automaker is betting its future on electric vehicles. Although American customers only have one Volkswagen EV to choose from today, the e-Golf, the company is forecasting that 20 to 25 percent of its sales volume will comprise of EVs by the year 2025.

One vehicle that is expected to headline Volkswagen’s EV push is the I.D. The compact EV is built on Volkswagen’s Modular Electric Drive (MEB) platform and is roughly the same size as today’s MK7 Golf. The I.D. is slightly shorter than the Golf, but its wheelbase is comparable to that of the midsize Passat sedan. That will translate into more interior space for passengers and more room for the battery pack (which will likely be mounted below the passenger compartment).

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Powering the I.D. is a 125 kW electric motor and a lithium-ion battery pack that will provide 250 to 375 miles of range. For comparison, the Tesla Model 3 is projected to have an all-electric driving range of 215+ miles, while the Chevrolet Bolt is EPA rated for 238 miles per charge.

According to Volkswagen, the I.D. “Is as revolutionary as the Beetle was seven decades ago” and that “it has been designed to be a compact all-rounder that will help to make electric cars the 'everyday' choice, with its impressive electric range and an attractive price.”

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Interestingly, Volkswagen says that the I.D. will priced like an equivalent Golf when it launches in 2020. Considering that the Golf starts at $20,000 and can be had nicely equipped for around $26,000, that would be incredibly attracting pricing for the I.D. For comparison, the Tesla Model 3 and Chevrolet Bolt start at $35,000 and $37,500 respectively (before tax credits/rebates), which means that Volkswagen could have hit on its hands.