The VW philosophy has always gone hand in hand with that of popularizing the automobile throughout its history. With the electric car they were not going to be less: the future ID.2 will go in that direction.
Few brands like Volkswagen can boast of having marked milestones as marked as those achieved with the Beetle and the Golf, two vehicles that are already part of the collective imagination and that transformed the automotive world. With the increasingly accelerated arrival of the electric car, the German brand wants to make history again. Indeed, they have already done it, in their way, with the ID.3, the electric compact that marked the beginning of the new electric era at VW.
Nevertheless, perhaps the most important turning point will come in 2025 when we see on the roads the ID.2. Why? The path of the electric vehicle has already begun to be drawn, it is true, but its prices are still higher than the equivalents with a heat engine. In a few years, when the Euro 7 regulation makes its appearance and diesel and gasoline vehicles more expensive to achieve environmental objectives, the prices of these and the electric ones will be equal.
Also, these 3-4 years left by the way will help electric car technology improve, become popular and batteries get cheaper. That is precisely Volkswagen’s goal when the ID.2 becomes a reality: an affordable one hundred percent electric utility, which can be sold for 20,000 euros.
Volkswagen ID.2: what we know so far
The German brand gave the first step on this path by presenting a months ago the VW ID. Life at Munich Motor Show. This concept car lays the foundation for the future ID.2, scheduled for 2025, hinting at some design features that we will see in the latter. The futuristic exterior and interior details will disappear in the production car, but everything indicates that those shapes are so square they will be the aesthetic watchword of Volkswagen’s electric urban future.
This is what the concept car that VW unveiled in Munich looks like a few months ago.
The ID.2 will also be the first to launch an evolution of the MEB platform for small electric vehicles of the VW Group. From Carscoop.com they call it “MEB Eco”, And it is nothing more than a variant designed for future urban and electric utility vehicles Volkswagen, Seat, Skoda … It will be the same platform, for example, as the production version of the Cupra UrbanRebel, as well as the corresponding Seat and Skoda electric utility vehicles … but also the same as the ID.1, smaller than the ID.2 (more in the style of the e-Up!)
Because if we look at what we have seen with the Volkswagen ID.LIFE, the future ID.2 will have some similar dimensions –to put in context– to the T-Cross: has a length of about 4.10 meters, with a significant wheelbase (about 2.65 meters) and about features also inspired by the SUV universe concerning robustness and ground clearance. Inside, all the futuristic features of the prototype will disappear to get closer to what we are used to seeing in production cars. Of course, they could continue betting on the use of recycled and sustainable materials, and for choosing not to include a multimedia screen so that it is the mobile phone that performs these functions.
The interior of the VW ID. Life could anticipate some design features of the ID.2, such as the absence of a central screen.
Volkswagen ID.2: changes compared to ID.3 and ID.4
Unlike what we’ve seen with Volkswagen’s first electrics in that new era, ID.3 and ID.4, compact and SUV respectively, the German brand adapts the MEB platform not only at the level of dimensions but also changing some important settings. For example, and unlike his older brothers, in the ID.2, the electric motor will be located on the front axle and will be exclusively front-wheel drive. That in turn will translate into more space available in the rear trunk.
The mechanics of Volkswagen ID. Life developed 230 hp of power and 290 Nm of torque, nails very high figures for what will be the future production version, which will surely be around 100 CV. Of course, it is not ruled out that a sportier version called GTX bet on higher power figures. For its part, the battery of the concept car had a capacity of 57 kWh, with a range of about 400 km.
However, Volkswagen will introduce what’s new in future ID.2 batteries, betting on the lithium iron phosphate, replacing the current lithium and nickel ion, which will allow saving on production costs, offer a more content price, and go to market from a more competitive starting point than its rivals, which include also Renault electric futures.
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The future Volkswagen ID.2 electric, although it is not 100% conformed, could come out of the Seat factory in Martorell, where an annual production of urban electric vehicles of 500,000 units in 2025. That would include the electric versions of these Seat, Volkswagen, and Skoda segments, including the aforementioned ID.2.