Volkswagen has been very forward with its EV plans. Now, the company is accelerating its plans even further with plans by having more EV’s than originally planned by 2025. One such model launching in 2025 will be a new low-cost EV, which the company is previewing with the ID.Life Concept at the Munich Mobility Show.
The ID.Life Concept is based on a variant of the MEB architecture that underpins just about every VW EV. That said, this is definitely among the smallest of the planned EV’s with a design unlike the other ID models. The ID.Life is boxy with a design that looks like it belongs in an urban environment. VW says it is designed for people and communal experiences.
For example, there’s a personalized roof that can be removed for open-air driving. VW also says the interior is designed to be a mini gaming center or movie theater. Yes, the ID.Life comes with a gaming console, projector and projector screen.
“The ID. LIFE is our vision of next-generation fully electric urban mobility. The concept car provides a preview of an ID. model in the small car segment that we will be launching in 2025, priced at around 20,000 euros. This means we are making electric mobility accessible to even more people”, says Ralf Brandstätter, CEO of the Volkswagen brand.
By default the ID.Life is front-wheel drive with a singular electric motor. The motor is supplied power via a 57-kWh battery pack, allowing the ID.Life to go from zero to 60 mph in about 6.9 seconds. Subsequently, Volkswagen expects it to go about 400 kilometers on a charge using European standards. It’s important to note, the European WLTP test is usually more generous than the EPA test in the states.
Volkswagen is also focused on sustainability with the ID.Life’s construction. The clear coat uses wood chips for natural coloring, while it is hardened with a bio-based substance. Meanwhile, the air chamber textile for the roof and front cover is made from 100-percent recycled PET bottles.
Volkswagen says a production version of the ID.Life will launch in 2025 with a target cost of 20,000 euros. The company has not confirmed if it will launch in North America as well.