Volkswagen I.D. Concept Electric Car Revealed – Range Of 250-Plus Miles, Production In 2020 (w/video)

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Volkswagen I.D.

Volkswagen I.D.

In typical Volkswagen fashion, the automaker has debuted a concept electric car, but this one is apparently bound for production.

The Volkswagen I.D. electric concept car has been revealed ahead of it hitting the stage at the 2016 Paris Motor Show.

Volkswagen says that I.D. will enter production in 2020, alongside a new Golf that’s coming that year.

Volkswagen I.D.

Volkswagen I.D.

I.D. boasts a 168-hp electric motor, but no other details were released in regards to powertrain or even battery size. What we do know is that Volkswagen is targeting a range of between 400 and 600 kilometers* (249-373 miles). That’s a big spread, but with 3-plus years until it launches, we figure the higher side of that spread will be the actual target. As always, NEDC is the assumed benchmark given the Paris debut, which would translate to about 185 to 275 miles of real-world/EPA rated range.

I.D is based on Volkswagen’s MEB “toolkit,” which eventually will underpin a whole bunch of electric VWs (up to 30 by 2025, if you believe what VW says).

Volkswagen I.D.

Volkswagen I.D.

There are no details on pricing at this time and we don’t expect this critical bit of info to be revealed for a couple of years. However, VW already says a fully automated version of I.D. will be available by 2025.

Volkswagen I.D.

Volkswagen I.D.

Yes, this is still very much a concept and VW’s press release on it comes off as a bit vague, yet over promising at the same time.

Sep 28, 2016

Paris Motor Show – Mondial de l’Automobile 2016

World premiere of the I.D. starts the countdown to a new era for Volkswagen
Volkswagen plans for the visionary I.D. to hit the road in 2020
An ambassador: the I.D. is the first Volkswagen of a new fleet of electric cars
It runs and runs: the I.D. has a range of 400 to 600 kilometres
Ready for the future: the I.D. concept car demonstrates a fully automated mode for the year 2025
Key facts – the I.D. in keywords

1. I.D. is the first Volkswagen in a completely new fleet of highly innovative electric vehicles.

2. I.D. is immediately recognisable as a zero-emission vehicle thanks to a newly developed design DNA for electric cars.

3. I.D. is driven by an electric motor with an output of 125 kW and has a range of between 400 and 600 kilometres on a single battery charge.

4. I.D. has an interior that offers an entirely new spatial experience with the Open Space.

5. I.D. will be launched as a compact electric car in 2020 parallel to the Golf.

6. As a concept car, I.D. gives us a first tangible glimpse of fully automated driving – this mode will be offered from 2025 onwards.

7. I.D. retracts its multifunction steering wheel into the dashpad when in fully automated mode (“I.D. Pilot”).

8. I.D. can receive parcels using a new delivery service, if its owner isn’t at home.

9. I.D. is the first compact Volkswagen based on the Modular Electric Drive Kit (MEB).

10. Volkswagen has set itself the goal of selling a million electric cars a year by 2025.

VW I.D. video below:

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75 responses to "Volkswagen I.D. Concept Electric Car Revealed – Range Of 250-Plus Miles, Production In 2020 (w/video)"

  1. Clive says:

    Well I am hopeful for them.

    The entire world will be reinvented by 2020.

    1. JIMIJON says:


    2. Dale says:

      A solid “me too” entry to compete against already-established players…

    3. Seth says:

      I hope they’ve invented the actual charge port for this car by then. Because I’ve been staring at the renders but I’m failing to see something of a charge flap that is big enough for a CCS combo plug.

      1. bogdan says:

        This is just an empty hull if u did’t noticed it.

  2. Ralf says:

    Launch in 2020 – or 2025 – or never. Who cares at VW.

    1. Dave86 says:

      Well, it will be interesting to see which happens first:

      A – Volkswagen I.D. arrives in the U.S.

      B – Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV arrives in the U.S.

      C – Tesla starts shipping the Model 3 to customers

      My guess is that “C” happens first…

      1. R.S says:

        More interesting:
        What happens first:

        A – Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV arrives in the U.S.
        B – We forget that Mitsubishi promised to bring the Outlander PHEV to the US.

        My bet is on B. I have the strange feeling that Mitsubishi would agree.

  3. Fiure Inguinal says:

    VW shows up at a car show with a drawing of a concept vehicle. Not impressed.

    1. Brandon says:

      Their team has been working on it for the last year. (Info from video)

      1. John in AA says:

        DAMN that’s a long time just to produce a sketch!

        1. Brandon says:

          Did you watch the video?

          1. bogdan says:

            The video shows some guys babling outside that empty hull.

  4. Bob says:

    Basically the first (teenager-)sketch for the new Golf.

  5. MikeG says:

    Another far off EV launch at VW. In other news, the sun rose in the east and set in the west.

  6. DangerHV says:

    FI, Bob, did you watch the video??
    The video is long and lacks technical details, but it is a “real” prototype, not a picture.
    I think it’s pretty cool.

    1. Bob says:

      Yes, I am aware that it is a physical model at the show. My point is that it is not an EV, but a design studio for the new generation Golf. And as such it is unrealistic and wild, and should be at this stage 5-8 years before production.

  7. Mister G says:

    Front end is similar to model 3. I highly doubt cheating VW is serious.

    1. Jack says:

      lol, you never seen a beetle?

      1. RexxSee says:

        Franz von Holzhausen actually helped design the New Beetle:-)

        1. JIMIJON says:

          The little engine that Couldn’t…l m a o

  8. Another Euro point of view says:

    It looks really really far from production ready…The interior looks…very concept like.

    1. bogdan says:

      Yeah, it looks like it came out of some giant 3D printer.

  9. Rob Stark says:

    I thought the Keisel brothers and VW would be ready next year for a Model 3 killer.

    Just like GM-Sakti3’s solid state battery pack was going to make Tesla battery packs obsolete by 2016.

    1. LOL says:

      Actually, what’s good about Kreisel bros is the fact they managed to put the electric motor along with batteries into existing chassises of Porche Panamera, Skoda Yeti and BMW 3 series, VW Golf… which could significantly cut down costs for established automakers wishing to jump onto EV bandwagon. Them being reluctant to make use of that advantage can mean only one thing – they are not quite sure TM has shown all of its cards. They want to see how Tesla will cope with M3 roll-out and to what degree it will have their batteries enhanced. On the other hand, they wonder whether TM will stay above sea level in financial regards and if it will be forced to join forces with say Apple. I suspect that’s their major concern and prime reason for releasing paper designs of their “could-be” EVs. Germans are obviously not convinced these batteries have reached final stage, probably sifting through massive Nikola Tesla paperwork and trying to figure out what’s missing in today’s EVs. Paper design it is …

  10. jelloslug says:

    Make a damn car already!

    1. floydboy says:

      They will. In twentytwentytwentytwe……….?

  11. riccardo says:

    bla bla bla concept bla bla bla…..

  12. Doggydogworld says:

    The VW exec said they sold 50k EVs in 2015, about the same as Tesla and much more than GM.

    Their press release to real product ratio is admittedly high, but at least they do have some real products.

    1. jelloslug says:

      That statement was about as truthful as their emission results.

      1. Another Euro point of view says:

        I was surprised as well by this 50K figure however having checked Jose Pontes blog (EV sales), figure I found there for 2015 is 58K (see link). Let’s not forget VW group (“VAG”) includes Audi and Porsche. That explains this large figure I believe. Looking it this way it is not bad at all as only Nissan-Renault and BYD had better PEV sales figures than VW group in 2015.

        1. Brian says:

          Ah. So their 50k “EVs” include a large chunk of short-range PHEVs? Not “cheating” per se, but certainly misleading.

      2. kimmi says:

        Volkswagen brand sold 40k EV’s last year.

        Now the Volkswagen Group, including Audi and Porsche, sold 58k units in 2015, behind Renault Nissan (75k), BYD (62k)and ahead of Tesla (51k).

        1. jelloslug says:

          To be frank, there is a huge difference between a gas powered car with an 18 mile electric range and a BEV.

          1. Rick Danger says:


          2. Pushmi-Pullyu says:


            A comparison between either kWh of batteries or electric range in those EVs, would show that the VW group doesn’t hold a candle to Tesla’s 2015 production.

            Not all PEVs (Plug-in EVs) are created equal!

      3. Yogurt says:

        Thank God for all the honest and morale auto companies who knowingly and willingly produce diesels that polutate 2 to 8 times more than VWs cheating diesels…

        Lets all join the witch hunt follow the lemings and pile on ignoring the other 20 auto makers who pollute worse than VW…

  13. Deven Foskey says:

    Look at those A pillars; SO 90s!

  14. Ambulator says:

    It looks a lot like the Bolt to me. I like it, but it will take a long time to get here.

    One possible concern is they talked about getting rid of buttons and switches. GM tried that in the original Volt and it pretty much failed. I hope they change their minds.

    1. Chris C. says:

      Hear hear! As an early Volt owner (December 2010), one of the big reasons I’m now driving a BMW i3 is because of the terrible Volt console. BMW understands that a moving vehicle is NO PLACE for a touch screen / surface. In fact, it’s nice to not even have to reach forward, which is why BMW’s iDrive interface works so well (but was admittedly polarizing at first). Sadly, Tesla’s outstanding performance in other areas has distorted the market’ss view of their terrible interface.

      Physical buttons are easier and safer than touch interfaces to interact with while driving.

  15. speculawyer says:

    Volkswagen now has reputation for coming out with decent EVs . . . that are total clones of vehicles that came out 4 or 5 years earlier.

    Nissan LEAF . . . followed by the eGolf 5 years later.

    Chevy Bolt . . . followed by this new car 4 years later.

    Way to go VW! . . . 4 years late.

    1. Yogurt says:

      “Total clones”???
      They are about as clones as apples and oranges…

      1. speculawyer says:

        OK, they are not “clones” but they are cars that have pretty much same specs and class as a car that was out 4 to 5 years earlier.

        The eGolf is certainly different from the LEAF . . . but from a high level view as far as seating, range, size, performance, etc. . . . they are pretty much the same. It is disappointing to see a new car come out that doesn’t improve to any noticeable degree on another car that has already been out for years.

        But I guess am an impatient 21st Century digital boy that expects newer products to always improve.

        1. Yogurt says:

          I know VW is not breaking any speed records but they have not 1 but 2 BEV plus 2 plug in hybrids…
          While they might not be as widely available in the US they are in Europe…
          VW is also going to produce a BEV van next year…

          They are also set to upgrade the battery capacity of all their plug in products next year…

          How many legacy auto companies have more actual plugin products available than VW??
          There is only one that I know of and it is BYD in China…

        2. Heisenberghtbacktotherootsandnuts says:

          I don’t know how to live but I’ve got a lot of toys!

  16. DonC says:

    I loved the video review. I thought it did an excellent job of covering the concept and questioning what would make it to production and what would not.

    Hard to say about the car. I like the front. I also like the big wheels but likely they’ll not make it to production. The lack of a pillar is interesting. Not sure if that will work or not. Finally I love not having mirrors but that never flies. Too bad.

    Anyway, as kept being mentioned, VW is going to be a bit late to the party.

  17. Someone out there says:

    Imagine that, another concept from VW! And it will supposedly go into production in 2020 with 2016 level specs. What better way to tell the world that you are way behind and will be so for the forseeable future!

    1. Someone out there says:

      Wake up, VW! Is this the best you can come up with? Is this your “vision” for the future? This junk is already beaten by cars that are in production today! The executive that approved of this mess should be fired on the spot, that person is a millstone around VWs neck! This is not a 2020 car, this is a 2015 car. By 2020 this car will be far surpassed.

      If this is what the old auto industry can come up with, Apple will have no problem outcompeting them all.

    2. William says:

      Foreseeable Faraday Future. That is one of many far off vehicles manufactures, that will absolutely bury VW EV plans, and their late to the game, dreamed up leadership role in the 2020 EV segment! VW has to really do a reality check at this point. I just can’t rationally see how they can pull this Hossenfeffer out of a hat!

  18. SparkEV-Fiat500-Leased - M3 Reserved - Bolt- TBD says:

    What, no anti-gravity wheels? SMH

    1. Anon says:

      No, but it has freaky human-like eye-headlamps that animate…

      Surely, that counts as high tech, yes? 😉

  19. tosho says:

    2020? Why do they even bother showing it now when we will have to wait four more years for it. This is just the next irrelevant VW ‘concept’ vaporware.

    1. Someone out there says:

      By 2020 this car will be all forgotten about and they will show a new concept that is going into production… by 2025!

    2. speculawyer says:

      “Why do they even bother showing it now when we will have to wait four more years for it. This is just the next irrelevant VW ‘concept’ vaporware.”

      That’s whole point of vaporware . . . introduce FUD. When you don’t have a product but see that someone else has a good product then just announce your own product coming soon to try to get customers to delay their purchase and considering getting your product when it comes out . . . sow “fear, uncertainty, and doubt.”

      1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

        That’s not at all FUD, which means “Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt.” FUD is spreading disinformation about a product made by a company someone wants to attack. Nobody spreads FUD about their own company’s product, unless they’re trying to sabotage their own company!

        What VW is doing here is merely vaporware. Unfortunately, they do a lot of that.

    3. MikeG says:

      Otherwise they would have to stand around at the Paris auto show looking stupid trying to convince people to buy their diesel products.

    4. Yogurt says:

      Probably for the same reason Tesla showed their model 3 when they orginaly did not plan on having it in production for several years…

      Thesla only ramped up the model 3s production date after getting 400k pre orders…

  20. speculawyer says:

    Now I understand why the European and Japanese mileage testing systems are so fake . . . so they can get bogus headlines like this:

    “VW’s new electric car will cost less, and go farther than, Tesla’s Model 3”


  21. wavelet says:

    Interesting, although it’s clear which features are part of the conceptualitis and which are part of the basic car.

    One thing I do like is that this is basically a “1-box” design, which is the most space-efficient form there is (classic sedans are 3-box, hatches, station wagons & crossovers/SUVs are 2-box).
    The only other car that’s this space-efficient is the i-MiEV.

    Oh, and 2020 for production id of course way late…

  22. Kdawg says:

    I like the looks/size of this.. but they need to accelerate their plans. 2020 is forever from now.

  23. Rick Bronson says:

    Question-1: Whether they will sell or not?
    Question-2: Whether they will sell in 2020 or 2020’s
    Question-3: Whether price will be below 40,000 or above 40,000 (in $/€)

  24. Kevin C says:

    Bollocks uber Alles

  25. Bloggin says:

    Year 2016: Bolt – 238 miles
    Year 2017: Model 3 – 215+ miles
    Year 2018:
    Year 2019: Ford 200+ mile EV
    Year 2020: VW Golf? 185 – 275 miles

    It just seems VW future compact/affordable EV planned range will be right in line with competition when launched.

  26. Elliot says:

    VW = vapourware on wheels

  27. Stx says:

    I’d prefer they had given kWh figures instead of “km range” figures which depend upon too many parameters and in practice don’t say nothing.

  28. KLD says:

    Dont ever underestimate the German car industry. Especially not VW.
    The diesel scandal has made deep impact on their green mindset , and this wake up call has changed things permanently.
    New, premium class products will emerge sooner than you think .

  29. One says:

    Man, this is pretty tiring, always the same comments from the same people

    1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

      Well, I do wonder why yet another vaporware announcement from VW has earned 67+ comments. Or even 6-7.

      Same ol’, same ol’.

  30. Ian says:

    Feel like I ordered food at a restaurant and the waiter came back with a plate of steaming pooh and still expected a tip…

    And it looks like an I3 and a leaf had a baby.

  31. Someone out there says:

    It’s funny how a third party can make a more interesting electric VW than VW themselves.

  32. Wow – rear wheel drive was unexpected. I like the concept: EV skateboard, more room, longer range, practical size and layout.

  33. BraveLilToaster says:

    That’s kind of cool. By the time this car is released, it will be competing with GM’s new 2020 Bolt, with 350 miles of range.

    Or maybe the Bolt will have the same range, but will be $10k cheaper that whatever this thing will be.

    I wish them luck or something.

  34. Rich says:

    Another VW electric concept vehicle that’s 4 years away. Shocker!

    How much range are they increasing the 2017 e-Golf? When will the expanded range 2017 e-Golf be offered on sale in every State instead of just compliance States?

  35. Larry Lewis says:

    Needs three seats in back. I have 3 vws.

  36. Mick says:

    I really love the whole package – the exterior is beautiful and the interior minimalist design is very appealing. The world is a diverse place so there will always be people who totally disagree with me, but I just can’t wait for this to arrive! My only reservation is that somebody said it’s rear wheel drive…