Within the very first couple of weeks of Volkswagen’s diesel secret ending up being public knowledge, the automaker’s board decided that electrification would have to be the way of the future. And previously this year, the company got more concrete about those plans, forecasting that 20 to 25 percent of its sales in 2025 would be electric cars. Although we would have already seen veiled production EV ideas from Audi and Porsche, at the Paris Motor Show on Wednesday Volkswagen revealed the I.D. concept, which is a battery electrical car that automaker states will enter into production in 2020.
The I.D. includes a 125kW motor, batteries helpful for 250 to 375 miles’ variety (400 to 600km) as per Volkswagen, and it’s the very first vehicle to utilize Volkswagen Group’s Modular Electric Drive (MEB) platform. The I.D. will be launched as a design parallel to Volkswagen’s very successful Golf, and the dimensions look roughly similar based on the provided pictures of the car.
Volkswagen also informs us that the vehicle is our very first look at the marque’s plans for self-driving. A self-driving mode will apparently be available from 2025, and when in automated mode, the steering wheel recesses into the dash.