Saturday, 21 October, 2017

VW gives the ID Crozz concept a once-over for Frankfurt show

Headquarters of the Frankfurt Motor Show is seen in Frankfurt The headquarters of the Frankfurt Motor Show is seen in Frankfurt Germany
Juana Turner | 13 September, 2017, 00:28

Volkswagen Group announced that by 2030 the carmaker will offer at least one electrified version of all 300 of its models across the Volkswagen Group brands, which include Audi, Porsche and Volkswagen.

Volkswagen AG is putting its full force behind a shift into electric cars as the world's largest automaker accelerates away from combustion engines and tries to draw a line under the emissions-cheating scandal that's weighed on the company for two years.

Revealing the company's "roadmap E" at the Frankfurt auto show, Chief Executive Officer Matthias Mueller said, "A company like Volkswagen must lead, not follow ..."

The I.D. CROZZ gets one electric motor at the front axle and one at the rear, and torque distribution is controlled via an "electric propshaft".

The German carmaker, and its subsidiary brands Audi, Skoda, Porsche, Bentley, Lamborghini and Bugatti, outlined its Roadmap E strategy on the eve of the 2017 Frankfurt motor show as the next stage in a bid to fix its reputation following the emission-cheating diesel scandal that rocked the company.

A new CleanAir system has also been developed by Volkswagen for the concept.

"There will be a coexistence between internal combustion engines and electric drive systems for a certain period", Mueller said to the BBC. In addition, the company plans to place battery-tech orders worth more than €50bn by 2025. This is especially important in times of technological transformation. The company is also looking into longer life auto batteries that could in the future offer a driving range of over 370 miles in one charge.

"Daimler is the first company to state explicitly how much electric vehicles are going to hurt margins", said the Bernstein analyst Max Warburton.

It will be powered by front and rear electric motors that generate a total output of 225kW and will boast a driving range of up to 500 kilometres. It's also expected to be able to charge to 80 percent in 30 minutes via a 150 kW DC fast charger.

The most signifacant change on the new I.D. Crozz II would be its more eye catching color, Hibiscus Red Metallic, contrasted by a silver roof. Yes, Volkswagen is investing 23.9 billion dollars for research and development of electric mobility.

The updated concept better reveals what a future production version will look like.

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