The Volkswagen Crossover will be the First Electric ID Vehicle in the US
Recently Volkswagen has put a premium on producing capable electric vehicles, and the automaker is working very hard to create a powerful new EV that can keep up with products put out by Tesla and other automakers. The electric vehicles are all going to be part of the I.D. family within Volkswagen, and they are expected to be released in just a few years from now. While most people expected the I.D. car, similar to the one that was put on display would be the first vehicle released in the United States, but Volkswagen says that’s not the case. Instead the automaker is bringing a full electric crossover to market first, and coming out with the car later on.
The Car Releases First Elsewhere
Volkswagen doesn’t plan on releasing its all new I.D. electric vehicles in North America first, and will instead launch its early products over in Europe. The I.D. car is expected to be the first vehicle launched and goes live in 2020. This will be followed up by the crossover and then finally a microbus creation.
A Capable EV SUV
There are no specifications out just yet about the I.D. SUV since it’s still in development, but if it’s anything like the I.D. hatchback that was already put on display it should offer at least 250 miles on a single charge and as much as 375 miles. That’s an exceptional improvement over most current electric vehicles, making it a more reliable option for long-distance travel.
The MEB Platform
Volkswagen spent years creating its MEB platform designed to underpin most of the compact electric vehicles that it plans to release in the future. The automaker plans on using the MEB platform for vehicles like the Golf, Passat and Tiguan in the future as well, though larger vehicles will rely on a different platform.
The Volkswagen I.D. Car is expected to be released in 2020, but that may not be the same release date for the crossover. Since the crossover is going to come out after the car, it’s likely it will be released later in 2020, or even in 2021. That means everyone in America will have to wait longer to get their hands on Volkswagen’s more capable EV than other parts of the world like Germany.
The I.D. line of electric vehicles is expected to make its way to the US in full eventually, but everyone should expect to have to wait until 2021 or 2022 before getting a chance to test any of it out.