EVs have seen a significant increase in popularity over the past decade, yet they remain far from the norm due to their high price. There aren’t many affordable electrified cars available on the market. However, Volkswagen hopes to change this by 2025 with the new $23,000 ID. Life Crossover EV. The German giant announced the development of ID. Life at the International Motor Show IAA Mobility 2021 in Munich.
Although it has less refined aesthetics, the new VW affordable ID concept looks and functions like a crossover version of the Volkswagen ID.4. It shares the MEB platform with the other vehicles in the lineup, andthis version of the modular electric drive was specifically designed for small cars. VW intends to launch the small crossover in Europe by 2025.
The car’s exterior and interior were made from recyclable materials to ensure sustainability. ArtVelours Eco finishes are used on the seating upholstery and door trims. The dashboard and rear seats surrounds are primarily made of wood. This creates a clean, minimalistic interior that is pleasing to the eye.
The single electric motor produces a healthy 231 horsepower and can accelerate to 62 mph in 6.9 seconds. The 57-kWh battery can go almost 250 miles on the European WLTP standard, a wildly optimistic standard. These figures are equivalent to more than 200 miles of EPA range on a single charge. This is what Tesla also aims to achieve with its upcoming entry-level EV.
VW stated that the seating design is also very flexible to keep the car in line with its purpose of being a companion for all lifestyles and situations. You can fold down the front bench and make it a bed. VW stated that the fold-down configuration “enables a range different possibilities.” Although the bed is more than 6 feet long, the interior can be configured for the cinema, as mentioned earlier, or to maximize luggage space.
Volkswagen claims that the vision for a fully-electric small car in the urban environment centres around people and shared experiences. The ID is a concept car that combines sustainability, digitalization, and extreme versatility. It features a removable and customizable roof made from 100-percent recycled PET bottles, a projection screen that extends from the dashboard when necessary, a power export feature (230V/16A outlets inside), and a folding seating design that allows for multiple arrangements.
The ID.Life will not use exterior or interior mirrors like traditional cars. Instead, it will use cameras and displays. The touch panel at the steering wheel can control all functions. It can also pair a smartphone or tablet with the car’s system. These devices can be used to control functions such as the navigation system, play music, movies, and play games on the projection screen once they are connected.