Volkswagen plans to provide faster charging, longer range and more power for EVs based on its ubiquitous MEB platform, said VW’s head of sales and marketing for the ID family at the recent UBS Paris Electric Car Day conference.
During a presentation on ID vehicles, said. Silk Bagschik said VW is aiming for 200-kilowatt charging, a maximum of 435 miles (WLTP) and 0-62 miles acceleration for 5.5 seconds for dual-motor all-wheel drive models. .
For reference, the current VW ID.4 crossover – currently the only ID model sold in the United States – has a range of 135 kilowatts and rear-wheel drive ID.4 Pro has a range of 280 miles. While Bagschik’s acceleration goal won’t be a real improvement, VW Group of America has already claimed All-Wheel Drive ID. The 4 Pro can accelerate from 0-60 mph in 5.4 seconds
Planned improvements to the Volkswagen MEB platform from UBS Paris Electric Car Day, April 2022
In the European WLTP cycle, a 435-mile range would represent about 40% boost compared to the current top ID.4 ratings. VW has not disclosed whether it plans larger battery packs, but it is a potential part of the plan due to advances in battery power density.
VW unveiled the MEB platform in 2018 and then saw it as the basis for 10 million EVs. In addition to ID.4, it is currently used for ID.3 hatchbacks and ID.5 and ID.6 crossovers that are sold in other markets. Ford plans an EV for Europe based on the platform.
Recently published VW ID. The Buzz Van is one of the larger vehicles based on the platform. Inspired by VW Microbus, it is slated for sale in Europe later this year, but a US version will not be released until 2023 and will not see dealerships until 2024.
At the other end of the spectrum, VW has teased a “MEB Small” version of the platform for more affordable compact EVs. At the 2021 Munich Auto Show, VW unveiled a concept car called ID.Life based on this version of the platform, a preview of the $ 24,000 EV for the European market.