Volkswagen is embarking on its journey to the future with the world premiere of the visionary I.D.
I.D. is a highly automated electric car that will cover a distance of 400 to 600 kilometres on a single battery charge.
The production version of the I.D. is due to be launched in 2020 at a price on a par with comparably powerful and well-equipped Golf, but Volkswagen is looking even further ahead with this concept car: in “I.D. Pilot” mode, the electric car is capable of fully automated driving – this technology should be ready for series production in 2025.
Volkswagen has also set itself the goal of selling a million electric cars a year by 2025; the production version of the I.D. will make a decisive contribution towards this in the ramp-up of e-mobility.
The fact is that the I.D. combines the digitally connected world with electric drive, if required, and heralds a new era of fully automated driving.
Analogously, this resulted in a visionary design for the electric cars of the future.
It puts the spotlight on the individual: it is positive, honest, and fascinating to look at.
Volkswagen has made electric and fully automated driving – the factors that will change everything about mobility – conspicuous with its innovative design language, in the interior, too, where the ambience of the conventional driving environment has been transformed into the interactive centre of a mobile lounge – a supremely versatile Open Space.
The spaciousness of this area and the intuitive, clear functionality allow you to experience mobility in a completely new way.
The present and the future merge into one. The I.D. represents the world of “the day after tomorrow”. But the latest generation of the e- Golf, with a zero-emissionrange of up to 300 kilometres and new gesture control, will be on the road “tomorrow”. The world of “today” is also embodied in state-of-the-art Volkswagens like the new Tiguan, which has launched the digitisation of the car interior with its Active Info Display and head-updisplay. We thus see three eras represented at once with the Tiguan, the e-Golf and the I.D. concept car, which together point the way from the present to the future – here at the Volkswagen booth.
2020 and 2025 in a single car. The I.D. is the first vehicle to showcase Volkswagen’s iconic new design language for compact electric vehicles. The clear, iconic exterior and interior design – which puts the spotlight on the individual in every respect as well as the zero-emission drive – together preview the year 2020. For absolute clarity: I.D. is, today, a concept car; but I.D. is coming. We can expect to see the I.D. on our roads within the next four years, and its fully automated driving capability gives us a glimpse of the year 2025. And so the I.D. is an automotive protagonist of the progressive, forward-looking Volkswagen brand strategy “Think New.” This strategy is based on four central areas of innovation, which are also reflected in the new Volkswagen design approach for electric vehicles and, thus, in the I.D.:
Smart Sustainability – Volkswagen is advancing the development of innovative high-volume electric cars;
Automated Driving – Volkswagen is going to make cars even safer and more comfortable thanks to automated driving;
Intuitive Usability – Volkswagen has put its focus on vehicles that are intuitive to operate and feature new display and control concepts;
Connected Community – Volkswagen will interconnect humans, cars and the environment with a Volkswagen user identity, in future.
I.D. – electric vehicle with the potential to become a best-seller
A vehicle concept for a new era. I.D. is Volkswagen’s first compact concept car based on the new MEB vehicle architecture. MEB stands for “Modularer Elektrifizierungsbaukasten” (“Modular Electric Drive Kit”) – and it was conceived for pure electric drive.
The ground- breaking MEB thus corresponds with the key mobility requirements of the future.
This is why the newly defined vehicle architecture of the I.D. is considered to be a milestone in the car development by Volkswagen AG, while at the same time provide the basis for the development of many more all-electric cars.
The concept behind the I.D. guarantees the best possible ride comfort, optimum use of space, maximum safety and ground-breaking sustainability, thus redefining the parameters of “drive”, “space” and “comfort”.
This is underlined by the long wheelbase with very short overhangs;
- a front end structure that, in addition to the highest level of safety, enables a high front wheel steering angle and thus a sensationally tight turning circle of just 9.9 m;
- the flat lithium-ion battery integrated in the floor, lowering the vehicle's centre of gravity and thus resulting in an ideal axle load/weight distribution;
- a multi-link rear axle with an integrated drive unit and decoupled subframe; this axle layout makes for optimum driving dynamics and ideal acoustics.
I.D. has the potential to make history. For Volkswagen, the world premiere of the iconic I.D. in Paris – with its iconic, fresh design – marks a watershed.
This car is as revolutionary as the Beetle was seven decades ago and the first Golf was 40 years ago – which went on to become two of the world's most successful cars of all time.
The I.D. has the potential to make history, too. 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.
A car in which the driver can activate the fully automated mode “I.D. Pilot” just by touching the Volkswagen logo on the steering wheel.
With this, the electrically adjustable and retractable steering wheel disappears into the dashpad to form a single entity flush with the dashboard, boosting the lounge feeling in fully automated mode of the Open Space concept – the all new interior layout of the I.D., because the architecture of the drivetrain with an electric motor on the rear axle, and a high-voltage battery in the floor of the vehicle, liberates more space, more light, greater flexibility and more freedom than was ever possible in a car with a length of slightly over 4 metres.
The I.D. is positioned as a compact electric car with which Volkswagen aims to expand its range of high-volume models in parallel to existing global best sellers such as the Polo, Golf, Tiguan and Passat.
Connected Community – the new Volkswagen ID
I.D. knows who’ll be at the wheel today. The idea is that anyone who drives a Volkswagen in the future will be given their own Volkswagen ID.
The ID is an individual profile, in which the personal seat and air conditioning settings, the favourite radio stations and songs, the sound system settings, the exterior sounds, the configuration of the navigation system, and the type of ambient lighting, as well as the contact details of the driver’s friends and business associates, are saved.
This profile can be securely accessed via the cloud, enabling the I.D. to recognise the legitimate user by their smartphone – the Digital Key – and know who is about to get behind the wheel.
Home-Net. With the I.D. you’ll be at home on the road because, with Volkswagen Home-Net, it will be possible to interconnect your car and home.
For example: using cameras in the house you will be able to check whether everything is OK at home from the car. What if your wife, husband, child, girlfriend or boyfriend has forgotten their key? No problem! Just call and look into the camera, and I.D. sends the picture to the Active Info Display, so that the driver can open the front door using an app.
Delivery Service. Pretty soon it could even become perfectly normal to receive parcels on the road, with the new Delivery Service in the boot of your car acting as a mailbox.
To put this into perspective: studies show that millions of parcels sent in Europe could alternatively be delivered to the boot of a Volkswagen parked anywhere between Helsinki and Lisbon.
If the car owners aren’t at home, I.D. would be able to receive parcels simply and efficiently, or allow them to be collected.
The parcel delivery agent is able to locate the car by GPS and is granted temporary permission to open the boot via an app. The car’s owner is then notified via an app or e-mail as soon as the parcel has been delivered and the boot is locked again. Volkswagen is currently working with international logistics service providers to implement this innovative concept.
Iconic Design – e-mobility made visible
“Before we first put pen to paper on the drawing board for the I.D. project, we debated the topic of 'Mobility in the future' at length. It is clear that the car of the future, and thus the mobile space, will be a place of communication more than ever before. The Open Space in the I.D. is just such a place,” stated Klaus Bischoff, Head of Design, Volkswagen Brand
“The electric powertrain gives our designers far greater freedom. We have shrunk the cooling grilles to a minimum, shifted the axles far outwards and created breathtaking proportions, as demonstrated by the I.D. – an icon of the future.”
“We had the unique opportunity to guide Volkswagen into a new era, and with the I.D we have taken this opportunity.”