The German auto giant laid out the enormity of the task ahead, vowing to spend €20 billion ($24 billion) by 2030 to roll out the cars and earmarked another €50 billion to buy the batteries needed to power the vehicles.
Volkswagen on Monday unveiled an ambitious plan to roll out 80 or so electric vehicle and plug-in hybrid models by 2025. Now, at the currently ongoing Frankfurt International Motor Show, Volkswagen has revealed an updated, more production ready model called the I.D. Crozz II.
The I.D. CROZZ gets one electric motor at the front axle and one at the rear, and torque distribution is controlled via an "electric propshaft".
Here, the I.D. Crozz concept wears a redesigned body which appears closer to production compared to the earlier Shanghai concept, now with headlamps slightly redesigned over the earlier car's. The vehicle will also have a system that monitors air quality inside the cabin.
"There will be a coexistence between internal combustion engines and electric drive systems for a certain period - I can't tell you how long that will be", he said. This is a major jump from its previous goal of releasing 30 or so such models across the group, including Audi and Porsche, by 2025. Combined, the two output a total of 302 PS and has a said top speed of 180 km/h.More news: Hazard wants to win CL with Chelsea
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The I.D. Crozz has been built to offer a choice between manual and autonomous driving modes.
VW also announced it is now looking into battery technology, tackling the issue of battery range, especially as VW's fleet alone will need 150 gigawatt hours of ion batteries by 2025. Automakers are also searching for ways to adapt to a future in which people find ways of getting from one place to another without necessarily owning a auto, such as car-sharing or ride-hailing through smartphone apps. "CROZZ, so that the large swinging and sliding doors can be opened wide, and it is even possible to transport a crossbike without any trouble". Volkswagen claims an all-electric range of 310 miles. Volkswagen says it'll need more than 150gWh (gigawat hours) of capacity every year by 2025 - equivalent to at least four gigafactories - and that's just for its own electric fleet.
The Crozz is rumored to be the first of the ID vehicles to be offered for sale to the USA market.
Volkswagen chairman Herbert Diess has said that the new concept brings the ID Crozz more in line with the definitive production version than the original concept.