Contrary to general expectation, the ID. 2all will not have the boxy retro design of the concept car ID. Life concept car. Instead, Volkswagen is relying on the proven Polo look and carefully developing it from that. The front of the vehicle resembles a smiling face, the striking C-pillar forms an homage to the first-generation Golf. A wide LED band decorates the rear of the electric car and illuminates the centrally placed VW logo.
Here are the facts of the ID. 2all concept vehicle launched last night:
-Range of up to 450 kilometres (WLTP),
-Electric drive motor with an output of 166 kW (226 PS)
-Charging time 10% to 80% in about 20 minutes
-Innovative technological features such as Travel Assist, IQ.LIGHT or Electric Vehicle Route Planner
-The new Volkswagen design language.
The production version will be based on the MEB Entry platform and is one of ten new electric models that Volkswagen will launch by 2026. This year alone will see the introduction of the new ID.3, the ID. Buzz with long wheelbase and the ID.7 saloon. This will be followed by a compact electric SUV in 2026.
With its move back to the proven Polo look, the new design of the ID. 2all is clearly different from the ID. Life initially displaying. Some critics relate this to the sudden departure of former VW chief designer Jozef Kaban. But is this really a bad thing? Volkswagen is moving back to the roots. Maybe the transformation from ICE to electric drives is already enough of a change for car buyers today and in coming years; hence the similarity of the look with existing cars might be a smart move from the German car manufacturer.
Today, the top management unanimously emphasised: "It will go into series production in a very similar way and is the harbinger of the future design language.” The main thing is that we need these smaller and affordable electric cars for the masses. With a number of Chinese car manufacturers moving into Europe already today, Volkswagen needs to hurry up to stay a significant mobility player in this market space. So called Light Electric Vehicles are on the move with the Microlino and the Citroën Ami rolled out in our urban centres.
Photos courtesy of Volkswagen.