VW unveils ID 2all affordable EV concept with 279 miles of range

VW introduced its long-awaited affordable EV on Wednesday, the ID 2all concept with a range of up to 450 km (279 miles).

Get to know the Volkswagen ID 2all electric concept

After doubling down on its electric vehicle strategy with a new investment of nearly $200 billion (180 billion euros) to accelerate the digitalization and development of electric vehicles over the next five years, VW is plowing ahead with a new EV concept.

VW delivered more than 570,000 EVs last year, maintaining its position as the BEV market leader in Europe, but the automaker believes it is well positioned for future growth with several new vehicle releases on deck.

To fend off incoming competition from Tesla and many others, Volkswagen has introduced its fuel-efficient electric car, the ID 2all concept, which costs less than $27,000 (€25,000).

The ID 2all is as roomy as its Golf model and as cheap as the Polo that sits under the recently upgraded ID. 3, with a range of up to 279 miles (450 km) and several new features. Volkswagen Passenger Cars CEO Thomas Shafer explains:

We are rapidly and radically transforming the company – with the clear objective of making Volkswagen a true Love Brand. The ID. 2all shows where we want to go with the brand. We want to be close to the customer and offer top technology combined with great design. We are steadily implementing the transformation to bring electric mobility to the masses.

VW’s affordable EV will be based on its new modular electric powertrain (MEB) platform, called the MEB Entry Platform, and will be the first vehicle to feature front-wheel drive based on it.

The first plans asked for Volkswagen’s ID. LIFE concept will be the first affordable EV based on the new platform designed for the smaller car segment, but those plans have seemingly been shelved.

VW ID 2all affordable EV concept (Source: VW)

Interior and exterior design

The exterior is inspired by Volkswagen classics such as the Beetle and Golf and previews a new design language from the automaker.

On the outside, the ID 2all has a “clear and powerful” stance with strong fender flares covering a wide track, long wheelbase and short overhangs alongside a tidy front end.

Volkswagen recently brought back former Bentley and Audi designer Andreas Mindt as head of design for Volkswagen Passenger Cars, who says the VW ID 2all concept is based on three pillars: stability, likeability and enthusiasm.

VW ID 2all EV concept interior (Source: VW)

One of the most striking elements of the new interior design is the C-pillar design, developed for the first Golf model. This gives the interior a spacious, high-quality appearance.

The 12.9 inch touchscreen has a new menu structure with a separate control panel for the air conditioning below. In addition, the new multifunction steering wheel is minimalistic, with two thumbwheels and buttons on either side.

VW ID 2all affordable EV concept (Source: VW)

Powered by a “powerful electric drive motor”, the ID. 2all with an output of 222 hp (166 kW) and 226 hp, accelerating from 0 to 100 km/h in less than seven seconds.

Volkswagen says its new electric car can be charged to 80% in less than 20 minutes, though details are not mentioned.

Despite the ID 2all being considered a concept vehicle, Volkswagen says it will unveil the production version of the ID 2all in 2025 for all European markets with the aim of starting it at less than €25,000.

The automaker now plans to make at least one in five vehicles sold worldwide electric by 2025, with the production version of the ID 2all being one of 10 EVs launched by VW in 2026.

This year VW introduces the new ID. 3, the ID. Buzz and the ID. 7, which will be succeeded by a compact electric SUV in 2026.

Electrek’s Take

Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like Volkswagen has any plans to bring the ID 2all concept to the US. The good news, however, is that VW plans to put it into production.

The real question will be, can they produce it for the price they say? Or maybe, more importantly, can they produce it profitably for that price?

A good looking electric car under $27,000 with a range of nearly 300 miles from the VW brand would sell well in my opinion.

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