|Several automakers are developing electric cars for the Indian EV market. Tata Motors, MG, and Hyundai have all launched their electric cars already. Luxury carmakers such as Mercedes-Benz and Audi have also launched their own electric cars, for example, the EQC and e-Tron GT models.|
Volkswagen has now revealed that it is developing an electric vehicle for the Indian market. It could be based on the ID. “We are transforming the Volkswagen brand into electrifying the line-up,” said Klaus Zellmer, Board Member for Sales, Marketing, and After Sales at Volkswagen. We can’t build the platform for electrification while also extending the complexities of ICE (Internal Combustion Engine) variants.
“We need to reduce that in order to invest in a battery-electric vehicle without increasing the cost (BEV). Then, in the second half of this decade, we’ll offer something in India.”
Manufacturers must constantly improve their internal combustion engines as stricter emission standards take effect. They must develop new technologies and methods to reduce the amount of air pollution and noise pollution emitted by internal combustion engines.
Klaus believes that investing in battery technology, rather than internal combustion engines, makes more sense because electric vehicles are the future.
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Volkswagen ID Life Concept
When it comes to the ID Life Concept, runs on a revised version of the MEB platform. Cupra and Ceat are already using the MEB platform. The concept’s wheelbase is shorter than that of the standard MEB platform.
It has a wheelbase of around 2.65 meters, which is comparable to the wheelbases of the Skoda Kushaq and Volkswagen Taigun. It was created as a small crossover for city use.
Battery And Range
Because it is aimed at people who will use it for daily city commuting, the engine is mounted in the front, making it a front-wheel-drive vehicle.
The engine has a maximum power output of 231 hp and should hit a tonne in less than seven seconds, according to Volkswagen. The 57 kWh battery is expected to have a range of around 400 km.
Volkswagen has kept the interior to a bare minimum. A yolk steering wheel with touch-sensitive buttons is present. On the dashboard, there is a digital instrument cluster and a mobile phone holder. The concept makes extensive use of recyclable materials. Even the fabrics used on the seats are made from recycled materials.
Price in India
The German manufacturer hopes to keep the production version of the ID. Life Concept is under €20,000, which translates to Rs. 17.3 lakhs in India. They hope to have the production version ready by 2025.
So, if they decide to manufacture it in India, we can expect the production version of the crossover to be more expensive than the Tata Nexon EV. If they bring it as a CKD or CBU, the prices will compete with the MG ZS EV and the Hyundai Kona EV.