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News The Volkswagen ID. Life Hints at a Future Small Affordable EV

The Volkswagen ID. Life Hints at a Future Small Affordable EV

Aimed at the masses, the ID. Life could very well make Volkswagen a global leader in mainstream EVs

  • It will be priced between 20,000 and 25,000 euros.

  • The small VW ID. vehicle is two years ahead of schedule.

  • The ID. Life concept is the first FWD MEB-based EV.

The International Motor Show IAA MOBILITY 2021 in Munich has turned into the new EV show. Volkswagen has taken its share of the spotlight with what may become one of the first mass-adopted electric vehicles. The Volkswagen ID. Life Concept is a glimpse into future urban mobility that will be, unlike many other EVs, extremely affordable.

Through Volkswagen’s ACCELERATE strategy, they are fast-forwarding the introduction of a new EV as part of their growing ID. family of products. And by fast-forwarding, we mean that this small EV will launch two years ahead of schedule in 2025.

Volkswagen ID. Life Concept | Photo: Volkswagen

“The ID. LIFE is our vision of next-generation fully electric urban mobility. The concept car provides a preview of an ID. model in the small car segment that we will be launching in 2025, priced at around 20,000 euros. This means we are making electric mobility accessible to even more people”, says Ralf Brandstätter, CEO of the Volkswagen brand. “In creating the ID. LIFE, we have consistently focused on the needs of younger customers. We believe that, even more so than today, the car of the future will be about lifestyle and personal expression. The customer of tomorrow won’t simply want to get from A to B; they will be much more interested in the experiences that a car can offer. The ID. LIFE is our answer to this.”

The crossover-like Volkswagen ID. Life Concept will combine “sustainability and digitalization with extremely flexible usage.” In real terms, it will take you places and transform into a mini cinema or a gaming centre to chill once at the destination.

The ID. Life will be assembled on a small-car version of Volkswagen’s modular electric drive matrix (MEB). It will feature a front-mounted (for the first time) that will generate up to 172 kW (234 PS) electric motor. The 57 kWh battery will enable up to 400 kilometres (WLTP) of range and help send the ID. Life from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.9 seconds.

The Concept uses natural and recycled materials such as 100% recycled PET bottles for some body parts while the cabin features numerous other eco-friendly ingredients. The cabin is fitted with a front seat bench that can be folded down and meet up with the rear seat bench creating either cinema seating or a bed.

The best aspect of the production version of the Volkswagen ID. Life Concept is that it will be affordable. According to VW, it will cost between 20,000 and 25,000 euros when it arrives in 2025.

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