ID Crozz is VW's electric SUV

Jon Howard
September 13, 2017

Volkswagen has a spiffy new MEB chassis designed specifically for electric cars. Fourth in the I.D. series, the first CROZZ concept made its debut at last April's Shanghai Auto Show.

Volkswagen's first production electric model, a five-door hatchback is slated for a 2020 debut. The striking design of the LEDs of the headlights also point the way towards production and generate an unmistakable light graphic. Its all-electric, four-wheel-drive drivetrain gives it better grip levels in poor conditions, while the car's batteries can be replenished to 80 per cent in 30 minutes when using a fast-charging system. 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.

"Our task is to make modern technology available to many people".

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. Fuel cell-powered cars are not yet a practical option for consumers, with only 33 hydrogen fuel stations in Germany, but it's one possibility for the future in which government regulation will increasingly require low-emission vehicles.

European auto bosses gathering for the Frankfurt Motor Show this week are beginning to address the realities of mass vehicle electrification, and its consequences for jobs and profit, their minds focused by government pledges to outlaw the combustion engine.

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On top of that, the report also suggests that the BMW i5 might come in as a sedan model and that it will be offering about 311miles and 435miles of range when it arrives. Instead it has a unique door layout, wherein the front opens normally with conventional hinges but the rear being sliding doors.

Volkswagen revealed an updated version of its E-Golf EV earlier this week and its latest I.D.

Improved habitability comes courtesy of a newly-developed CleanAir system, which ensures a supply of clean air to the interior. The German vehicle manufacturer has announced that they plan on having an electric version of their vehicles by 2030.

While the Buzz is getting all the. well buzz for bringing the microbus back to the market, America's love affair with crossovers and SUVs means you're probably going to see more Crozz' on the road than retro buses.

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