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Volkswagen’s newest concept, which will almost surely be called the Volkswagen ID.2 when it launches, is the automaker’s attempt to fill the affordable EV-sized gaping hole in the industry.
The announcement followed Tesla’s Investor Day event, where the hopes of an affordable EV reveal were lost in Musk’s ambitious Master Plan 3.
Volkswagen’s announcement of the ID.2all seems to have come at a time when several buyers have been lacking options when it comes to an affordable plug-in vehicle.
The ID.2 will be one of 10 all-electric models that VW plans to unveil by 2026.
While the company did not make any comments on battery capacity, they do promise a range of up to 450 km (280 miles).
Volkswagen also draws several design elements of the ID.2all from the VW Golf (Mk8), with Head of Design Andreas Mindt stating that the new design language is based on “stability, likeability, and excitement.”
While the main feature of the ID.2all is its pricing, it won’t remain the cheapest EV in VW’s arsenal for long.
While the affordable EV race has been somewhat left in the dust of SUVs and trucks, Volkswagen is ambitious that the ID.2all could help the automaker race to its goal of becoming the most prominent automaker in Europe.
However, the automaker’s EV presence in the United States still remains scant, with the buyers having their options limited with the ID.Buzz or the ID.4 being the prominent choice.