Electric Volkswagen ID CROZZ concept to wow Shanghai

GM announces China version of hybrid Volt

Volkswagen stated it aims to fulfill upcoming hard quotas in China for selling more green vehicles on its own and would not turn to acquiring credits from rivals.

Despite government subsidies and other encouragement, electric cars have yet to catch on with China's driving public due to concern about their limited range. That's good enough to generate a 112-mph top speed, and with an 84-kWh lithium-ion battery pack tucked away under the floor, the I.D. Crozz can travel 311 miles on the admittedly generous European city cycle which should translate into around 250 regulation EPA-spec miles.

Inside, the electrically-powered crossover concept boasts a large open interior with flexible seating design and 18.2 cubic feet of cargo space.

To be sure, even as automakers renew commitments to produce more NEVs, it's not clear how aggressively they would push those cars in the marketplace.

Volkswagen is planning to launch a range of electric cars beginning around 2020, and it's previewing that courageous new electric world with a series of concept vehicles.

VW is selling the I.D. Crozz as having the latest in EV technology combined with the interior space and convenience of a crossover built on the modular electric drive (MEB) platform.




Nearly every global and Chinese auto brand is displaying at least one electric concept vehicle, if not a market-ready model.

In fully-autonomous I.D. Pilot mode, the lights switch to a magenta hue, and the headlights will "look" into the corner as the vehicle turns. "For us, the three prototypes of this new generation of zero-emission vehicles - I.D., I.D. Buzz and I.D. Crozz - mark the start of a design and technology revolution that is going to change individual mobility and the Volkswagen brand forever", he said. The Volkswagen badge, too, is illuminated, and links the two headlights with a line of light across the grille. An augmented reality head-up display comes to diminish distractions behind the wheel whenever a human driver is in control of the electric crossover. Furthermore, a new "CleanAir" filtration system ensures high air quality inside the vehicle - whatever the conditions outside. On the charging front, its battery can be topped up to 80 per cent in just 30 minutes, provided the charger output is powerful enough. When activated the steering wheel retracts into the dashboard an the auto will drive itself. When you're driving, a panel of capacitative switches in the steering wheel controls gear selection, indicators, navigation, telephony and audio volume. VW also claims that each passenger is also able to individually regulate his or her climate zone.

Lighting also follows the driving situation.

See you in 2020, I.D. Crozz. The I.D. Crozz will play a key role in that. "Pilot", which is activated by pressing the Volkswagen logo on the steering wheel.

That contrasts with Volkswagen, which dethroned Toyota Motor Corp as the world's best-selling automaker previous year, giving it the scale to share costs across a much higher number of cars.

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