Volkswagen ID. Life concept debuts as a small EV with big plans


It appears that Honda e is inspiring other carmakers to come up with small EVs for urban commuting. At the 2021 IAA Mobility, Volkswagen is showcasing the upcoming member of the ID. family, which is called the ID. Life. And unlike BMW’s i Vision Circular concept, this one actually has a plan. VW brand CEO Ralf Brandstätter said that the ID. Life will be launched in 2025, and he even added that the starting price will be around EUR 20,000.

The ID. Life looks just as cute as the Honda e with a subtle retro flair. Its boxy styling appears to have been influenced by SUVs, obviously. As with most EVs and EV concepts these days, ‘sustainability’ is the keyword here. And so, its bodywork doesn’t have a traditional paint, but a clear coat mixed with wood chips—as a natural coloring agent—and a bio-based hardener. The “air chamber textile” for the roof and the hood cover are made from 100% recycled PET bottles. Bio-oil, natural rubber and rice husks are some of the materials that serve as a basis for the tyres on the ID. Life.

Inside, wood is used on the dashboard and the rear seat surrounds, while the seat surfaces and door cars are covered with ArtVelours Eco (microfibre). In fact, Volkswagen has some big plans for the ID. Life’s cabin. It can be converted into a cinema or gaming lounge, and guess what? the vehicle comes with a video game console and a projector, and of course, a projection screen that rises from the dash whenever needed. A 230-volt power supply will also be available inside.

Built on VW’s modular electric drive matrix (MEB) platform, the ID. Life’s front electric motor develops 172 kW (234 metric hp), which apparently is good for a 0-100 km/h (62 mph) sprint in 6.9 seconds. Its 57 kWh battery pack is estimated to offer a WLTP range of around 400 km (248 mi).

By 2030, Volkswagen aims to increase the share of all-electric models in total vehicle sales in Europe to at least 70% and in North America and China to at least 50%.

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