Less is more in the EV department, as Volkswagen confirms it will be building a super-compact electric hatchback that is expected to cost around $21,000.
That dollar sign is a bit misleading, because the car, if and when it arrives, likely won’t be made available in North America after production starts in 2025, but in countries where VW markets urban cars like the Polo and Up. ,
Affordability is the name of the game here, as the ID.1 will be an entry-level vehicle, and will be underpinned by the new front-wheel drive MEB platform architecture, as will the soon-to-be-announced VW “ID.2all” compact. The Germans have already revealed plans to launch a total of 10 new electric cars by 2026.
Referring to the ID.1, Thomas Schaefer, Head of VW Brand, said, “It is part of our DNA where Volkswagen is also a commitment that we all have to embrace, and we are working full force ahead. Are. We’ll report back on that in the next few months.” The ID1 is expected to be offered with a 243 horsepower motor and achieve a driving range of around 250 miles.
Schaefer told CarScoops Developing a mini car like the ID.1 would require economies of scale to ensure profitability. Apparently he’s talking about introducing a version of the car from VW’s sub-brands like Skoda and SEAT in Europe and elsewhere.