VW plans to roll out 80 electric and hybrid models by 2025

Posted September 13, 2017

And VW says it will invest some 20 billion euros ($24 billion) in developing new vehicles, upgrading plants, training its workforce, charging infrastructure and battery technology and production.

Volkswagen will offer both front and all-wheel-drive versions of the model, and promises that it will combine the ability of an SUV with the driving dynamics of a hatch, and offer ride comfort that on a par with the Golf. Though the number has fallen 10% from the previous show in 2015, 228 new vehicles and technologies will be on display for the first time. CROZZ is a crossover of an SUV and a four-door coupé, which has been further improved towards a production implementation.

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By 2025, the company estimated that one in four of all of its vehicles could be powered exclusively by electricity, equating to up to three million cars a year. A road-ready interpretation of the I.D. Buzz van concept would join the lineup in 2022. The company is also looking into longer life vehicle batteries that could in the future offer a driving range of over 370 miles in one charge. The SUV gets various design changes to the front and rear ends of the concept vehicle that is painted in "Hibiscus Red Metallic". The I.D. CROZZ makes a powerful and masculine impression with its wide bonnet, cleanly contoured wings and roof with a high-gloss black exterior finish. Voice interaction allows the driver to open or close the doors, although VW has not yet revealed how the voice command system will make distinctions between the owner and others.

The Crozz II continues to have a unusual door layout with conventional hinges at the front and sliding ones at the rear. B-pillars were omitted in the I.D.

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"Daimler is the first company to state explicitly how much electric vehicles are going to hurt margins", said the Bernstein analyst Max Warburton.

The ID Crozz also showcases Volkswagen's new CleanAir system that ensures an unpolluted supply of air in the interior regardless of ambient conditions. It's also expected to be able to charge to 80 percent in 30 minutes via a 150 kW DC fast charger.

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Volkswagen chairman Herbert Diess has said that the new concept brings the ID Crozz more in line with the definitive production version than the original concept.