Volkswagen is planning to launch an ID. model for the small car segment that would cost around 20,000 euros, and it could be similar to the ID. LIFE you see here.
The ID. LIFE, which was presented at the IAA Mobility 2021 in Munich Germany, is Volkswagen’s vision of a fully electric compact vehicle for the urban environment.
It is supposedly “centred around people and communal experiences”, and combines sustainability and digitalisation. The ID. LIFE is also presented with a flexible interior that can be transformed into a mini cinema or gaming centre.
Ralf Brandstätter, Volkswagen’s CEO, said that this was in line with making electric mobility accessible to even more people.
SIMPLIFIED AND SUSTAINABLE
Volkswagen says that the ID. LIFE has a pared down and high-quality design. Decorative elements, add-on parts and any complex mix of materials are not utilised.
The concept vehicle’s roof is individualised and removable. It is made of air chamber textile to help reduce vehicle weight while simultaneously offering an open-air feel.
As expected, the ID. LIFE utilises eco-friendly materials. The air chamber textile for the roof and front cover is made from 100 percent recycled PET bottles. Materials for the tyres include bio-oil, natural rubber and rice husks.
Even the clear coat for the bodywork uses a bio-hardener. Wood chips are employed as a natural colouring agent, too.
Volkswagen says that the ID. LIFE can be converted into a mobile cinema or gaming lounge. The concept car has a video game console and projector, and a projection screen in the dash panel that extends when needed.
Other devices can be connected to the 230-volt/16-amp power supply.
Both the front seats and rear bench can be folded down, too. Apart from increasing the cargo space, it lets the surfaces be used as a bed.
The ID. LIFE is based on a smaller variant of Volkswagen’s modular electric drive matrix (MEB) that has been developed specifically for the small car segment.
It is the first time an MEB-based car will have a front-wheel-drive layout. The ID. LIFE’s electric motor delivers 231hp (234PS, 172kW), giving it a zero to 100km/h time of 6.9 seconds.
Volkswagen says the 57kWh battery pack endows the crossover with a range of about 400km (WLTP).
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