Volkswagen India to launch electric car: Details

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Many car manufacturers are working on electric vehicles for the Indian market. Tata Motors, MG and Hyundai have already launched their electric vehicles. Even luxury manufacturers like Mercedes-Benz and Audi have their EQC and e-Tron GT. Now Volkswagen has revealed that they are working on an electric vehicle for the Indian market. It could be based on the ID.Life concept which was presented at the IAA 2021 in Munich. Other larger Volkswagen ID models could also make their way to India in the future.

Klaus Zellmer, Member of the Volkswagen Sales, Marketing and Service Board, said: “We are transforming the Volkswagen brand by electrifying the lineup. We’re coming for all at once, we can’t build the platform for electrification while then expanding our intricacies of Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) variants. We need to reduce this so that we can invest without increasing the cost in a battery electric vehicle (BEV). Then in the second half of this decade we will also be offering something in India.

With the entry into force of more stringent emissions standards, manufacturers must continuously work on their internal combustion engines. They must develop new technologies and ways to reduce air pollution and noise pollution emitted by internal combustion engines. Klaus says that rather than investing in internal combustion engines, it makes more sense to invest in battery technology, because electric vehicles are the future.

Volkswagen India to launch electric car: Details

Speaking of the ID Life concept, it uses a revised version of the MEB platform. The MEB platform is already used by Cupra and Ceat. The concept’s wheelbase is shorter than the regular MEB platform. It measures around 2.65 meters, which is close to the wheelbase of the Skoda Kushaq and Volkswagen Taigun. It was designed as a compact crossover for urban use.

Volkswagen India to launch electric car: Details

Because it is intended for people who will be using it for their daily commute around town, the engine is mounted in the front, so it is a front-wheel drive vehicle. The engine is capable of producing 231 hp of maximum power and, according to Volkswagen, it should hit a ton in under seven seconds. The range of the 57 kWh battery is expected to be around 400 km.

Volkswagen has taken a minimalist approach to the interior. There is a yellow steering wheel with tactile buttons on it. There is a digital instrument cluster and a mobile stand on the dashboard. The concept uses a lot of recyclable materials. Even the seat fabrics are made from recycled materials.

Volkswagen India to launch electric car: Details

The German automaker aims to price the production version of the ID.Life concept at less than € 20,000, which when converted is Rs. 17.3 lakhs. They aim to launch the production version by 2025. So we can expect the production version of the crossover to be more expensive than the Tata Nexon EV if they decide to make it in India. However, if they bring it in as CKD or CBU, the pricing will compete with the MG ZS EV and Hyundai Kona EV.

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