Volkswagen to Bring an Electric Crossover to US Market First

August 15th, 2017 by

Volkswagen has been working hard to develop a solid electric vehicle that will rival the likes of Tesla, and the ID concept car is going to be the automaker’s first attempt to create a long-range electric vehicle that’s much more capable than the e-Golf that’s currently available. The vehicles in the ID family are going to be built on top of the MEB platform and are expected to more than double the 100+ mile range that the current e-Golf offers its drivers. That means you’ll end up with more capable electric vehicles that could be used for more than just around-town commuting. Volkswagen eagerly showed off the ID concept car, but it’s not the car that is going to make it to US soil first. Instead Volkswagen is going to bring the ID Crozz, and electric crossover to North America first and roll out the car later on.

A Capable Electric Crossover

The I.D. concept car is expected to get between 250 and 375 miles on a single charge. Those figures are likely to be very close to the same on the crossover vehicle as well. That means buyers will end up with a significantly more capable vehicle than what the e-Golf is currently, and that’s pretty exciting. The crossover should be better for long-distance travel and for longer commutes. There aren’t many details about the vehicle just yet, but it will likely have a modern media system, and enhanced features that make it stand out in other ways, besides for the excellent travel distance.

Built on the MEB Platform

Volkswagen has been hard at work developing an all-new vehicle platform that will stand up to hard use from its lineup of compact electric vehicles. This platform is known as MEB and it’s complete. It will be used for all the I.D. electric vehicles by Volkswagen, and is expected to be used for the Passat, Golf and Tiguan in the future once they’re transformed to electric vehicles as well.

The platform was carefully tested to ensure it’s capable of holding the necessary batteries and allowing the EVs to function as they are supposed to. With it complete Volkswagen can move on to developing the production versions of its I.D. lineup of EVs for release throughout the world.

ID Release Date

The Volkswagen I.D. Hatchback is expected to be released in 2020 as long as there are no delays. This vehicle won’t show up in the United States right away though. Instead Volkswagen is going to wait for the crossover production to be complete and release that in the U.S. first. That means you’ll have to wait a year or two after the hatchback is released before a more capable electric vehicle is going to be available in the U.S. from Volkswagen.

The Volkswagen I.D. vehicles represent another major step toward heavier use of EVs throughout the United States, and there are sure to be plenty of buyers eagerly awaiting the release.

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