Volkswagen says it plans to make a €20,000 EV with 250 miles of range by 2025

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Meet Volkswagen ID. The LIFE, an electric vehicle concept that VW unveiled in Munich this week, that the automaker said will cost around €20,000, a production version, has a range of about 250 miles, and looks great, too. It’s almost too good to be true.

And it still can happen, because it’s just a concept. Still, VW attached a year (2025) by which time a version of the thing could actually be made, which it didn’t need to. It also did not require estimating those cost and limit numbers, which is somewhat unusual for a concept. that number Too It can be designed to create a blog exactly like the one you are reading.

They probably are! And I imagine if this thing ever goes into mass production they will be a little worse off, with the car more expensive than €20,000 and with a range of less than 250 miles. Still, I appreciate that an automaker aspires to make an affordable car with decent range. And, yes, it’s probably another example from Volkswagen Naked again imitating Tesla – remember when tesla said He has a $25,000 EV. Will happen, at some point? – But I don’t care that much anymore. Instead, let’s see who can actually do it.

Some more details below, per volkswagen. It all sounds great:

ID design. The LIFE is surprisingly clear, pared-down, and high-quality. Decorative elements and add-on parts are dispensed with, as is any complex mixture of materials. The horizontal division between the body, glass surfaces and roof also contributes to the car’s pure look. An individual and removable roof made of air chamber textile gives an open air feel in the ID. life, while also reducing the weight of the vehicle.

Electric motor drives the front wheels. Id. The LIFE is based on a smaller version of Volkswagen’s Modular Electric Drive Matrix (MEB) which has been developed specifically for the small car segment. This is the first time a vehicle based on the MEB has front-wheel drive. With its 172 kW (234 PS) electric motor, the ID. The LIFE accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in 6.9 seconds, while its 57 kWh high-voltage battery enables a range of around 400 kilometers (WLTP).

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Id. LIFE is a trusted partner for a variety of digital experiences. For example, it can be converted into a cinema or gaming lounge in no time. The vehicle comes with a video game console and projector, as well as a projection screen that extends from the dash panel when needed. Other devices can be connected as needed for a 230-volt/16-amp power supply in the interior. The seating design is also extremely flexible, keeping in mind the idea of ​​the car as a companion for all circumstances and lifestyles. For example, a front seat bench can be folded all the way down, as can a back seat bench. This enables a range of different possibilities, from cinema seating to a bed that is almost two meters in length, to a cargo version that maximizes luggage volume.

Obviously, we don’t know if this is only for Europe and China and will never make it to the US – my guess is that, like these cool foreign-only EVs, it’s largely up to who wins the presidency. does in 2024, and whether or not that person likes strict fuel economy rules – but for now we can only admire from afar.

Or not, because this interior is kind of trashy – especially the dumb steering yoke, dear god VW what are you thinking? or is he Next Tesla copy? – but the pedals are cool, especially the play and pause symbols on them, which I assume are some kind of gaming function.

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Here’s one of the many cameras that replace all mirrors, both side and rear view:

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And here’s the little frank:

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it’s a nice car i’m so scared Honda E in the way of thingsA nice car too. And we may only be lucky enough to have a class of small, nice cheap electric cars, because with government incentives, at $25,000 or €20,000, it’s a game-changer. Let’s do it, Volkswagen! Not that ID.4 is going to do much in the US anyway.

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