LOS ANGELES—Buzz. Crozz. Buggy. Vizzion. And now Space Vizzion. No, I have not overdosed on the letter Z; these are the marginally wacky names for a collection of not-at-all-wacky electric ID idea automobiles from Volkswagen, the latest of which was simply unveiled on Tuesday night time in Los Angeles. The ID Space Vizzion is the newest installment in an electrification push from one of many world’s largest automakers, one aiming to promote 20 million electric automobiles worldwide over the subsequent 10 years.

Volkswagen Group had little selection however to embrace electric powertrains within the aftermath of dieselgate—the choice can be failing to satisfy 2021’s European CO2 guidelines, which might end in billions of {dollars} in fines. Audi and Porsche, the 2 huge premium manufacturers throughout the group, obtained their battery EVs to market first. The first of those—the Audi e-tron—is primarily a stop-gap, a Q8 with batteries and two electric motors rather than the traditional inner combustion engine stuff. The Porsche Taycan had an additional 12 months to gestate, and is all the higher for it, a principally clean-sheet design that is wowed everybody who’s pushed it.

Meanwhile, over at VW (the model, not the group) the engineers had been engaged on MEB (Modularer E-Antriebs-Baukasten, or Modular Electrification Toolkit), which it is going to use to construct thousands and thousands of BEVs over the subsequent decade. VW has lengthy embraced using modular architectures; its present MQB (Modularer Querbaukasten, or Modular Transverse Toolkit) offers rise to such numerous automobiles because the VW Atlas and Audi TT-RS. And MEB ought to be much more versatile, as the varied ID idea automobiles have proven.

Ignore the ID Space Vizzion’s Z-overdose title and consider it as a substitute as an electric Passat station wagon. It’s a five-door, extra sensible evolution of 2018’s ID Vizzion, itself VW’s tackle a Passat-sized electric sedan. But this one seems higher as a result of as everyone knows, wagons > sedans. I’m additionally impressed with how aerodynamic it is—VW informed me that the Space Vizzion’s drag coefficient is simply 0.24, and that is with typical aspect mirrors, too.

Between the axles there’s an 77kWh battery pack. Add that to the low-drag physique, and the end result is a minimum of 300 miles on the EPA take a look at cycle or 590km on the WLTP take a look at, VW says. The rear wheels are pushed by a 205kW (275hp), 550Nm (406lb-ft) motor, though there will probably be an possibility for all-wheel drive with a complete energy output of 250kW (335hp).

The proven fact that VW is speaking about choices on an idea automobile ought to provide the concept that this is a kind of thinly disguised production automobile ideas fairly than a “it’s made entirely out of clay and half the stuff in it hasn’t been invented yet” sort of idea automobile. In 2022 the Space Vizzion will go on sale, most likely with a barely extra boring nostril, nearly actually with a extra boring inside, and positively with a much less Z-filled title.

If you do not wish to wait that lengthy for an electric VW, the ID.three hatchback is on sale in Europe, and subsequent 12 months right here within the US we get the ID.four crossover (which may also be in-built Chattanooga, Tennessee, beginning in 2022).

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