Volkswagen Going Down EV Route, After Dieselgate Scandal

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It's meant to largely inform consumers and investors of where Volkswagen is headed with its electric vehicle strategy.

Ford is really going after the NEV market and this week is showcasing the Mondeo Energi, a plug-in hybrid which will feature an electric drive range of up to 50km and will be manufactured by its joint venture Changan Ford. "We're using the need to step from combustion engine to electric cars to reinvent VW brand".

The pressure for electrification in China is an added headache for automakers at a time when sales growth is slowing and competition heating up in a market they are counting on to drive global revenue. Volkswagen mulling over the I.D. Crozz production is viable given the growing popularity of SUVs these days.

Volkswagen is not only planning full production of electric cars from 2020, but within five years from then (by 2025) it hopes to introduce fully autonomous driving - and the hardware for that is already in the Crozz concept. That powertrain sits within VW's Modular Electric Drive Matrix (MEB) platform, which is also the basis of the aforementioned I.D. concepts and enables the CROZZ to boast as much interior space as the new 2018 Tiguan crossover, while being 3 in (7.6 cm) shorter, 1.9 in (4.8 cm) lower and 2.2 in (5.6 cm) wider.

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Taken together, the electric concept vehicles reflect the company's bid to distance itself from diesel vehicles, which were once its bread and butter but were tarnished during an emissions scandal that undermined the technology's reputation.

In the I.D. Crozz, an electric motor delivering 101 horsepower and 103 pound-feet of torque powers the front axle and another motor delivering 201 hp and 229 lb-ft powers the rear axle, thus creating an all-wheel-drive system.

The third concept in the I.D. series to preview an upcoming production vehicle, it follows the I.D. hatchback, and I.D. The Volkswagen badge, too, is illuminated, and links the two headlights with a line of light across the grille.

But press the VW logo in the middle of the steering wheel for three seconds, and it retracts into the dashboard and becomes part of the display, as the vehicle takes over the driving. The I.D. Crozz can be charged up to 80 percent capacity from a fast charger in just 30 minutes.

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"The driver receives all data relevant to driving, such as speed and visual navigation instructions, via the head-up display". However, the concept version has an on-demand autopilot system that when activated makes the steering wheel retract into the dashboard.

VW has given United Kingdom motorists an insight into the future of the brand with another glimpse at their I.D range. It was previewed as a concept previous year. Like the I.D. and I.D. This is because the I.D. "Production will start in 2020", said Herbert Diess, VW's chairman of the board.

"This is a challenge but also an opportunity because we will quickly gain large volumes and gain sufficient scale to make electromobility cost effective enough so that it will also be a success in Germany and the United States", he told Reuters.

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