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the low-cost electric city car becomes clearer

According to AutomotiveNews Europe, Volkswagen is stepping up development of its small electric car ID.1. This would land by 2023 and would be followed by the arrival of an ID.2 derivative.

With a steady increase in its investments in electricity, Volkswagen will expand its range visibly. In addition to the ID.3, ID.4 and future series versions of the ID.Buzz and ID Vizzion concepts, two small electrics are also on the program.

According to Automotive News Europe, the manufacturer is accelerating the development of its city car ID.1. It would replace the e-up !, electric version of the small city car born in 2013. It could even replace the Polo according to the media. Even if the pressure is enormous with the CO2 issues, it seems premature to us. The VW Polo is currently one of the best sellers in Europe. However, the electric should take the place of the thermal in the sedan, the ID.6 (or 7) to oust the Passat.

It’s a bit early to talk about features, but an anonymous source mentions “A similar battery size” at the e-Golf or 36 kWh. We can thus estimate a range between 250 and 300 kilometers.

Cheaper than the electric Twingo?

Some German media estimate a basic selling price around € 20,000. This figure seems logical in view of the fall in the costs of the electric car and especially the batteries. Moreover, this psychological barrier was the one mentioned by Herbert Diess in 2019. At this price, the new VW would be cheaper than the e-up! and would join the Renault Twingo Z.E. (from € 21,350). However, we will have to be patient to see this Volkswagen ID.1 land on the market since its launch would be at best for 2023.

A derivative SUV or Volkswagen ID.2 crossover will soon join it. “By 2024 at the latest, we will also be launching a T-Roc-sized e-model” said Strategy Director Michael Jost last year.

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