Volkswagen has decided the future of the car not only with the self-driving but also with the medium. At Paris Motor Show, Thursday, Volkswagen has released its first dedicated electric car “VW ID electric car”. VW says it’s due to become a buyable car in 2020, with a total range of 373 miles per charge, driven by a 168hp electric motor. This driving range depends on the driving system (battery and motor), but it can travel 265 to 373 mile (400 to 600 kilometers). By 2025, the VW ID will be included with the self-driving technology too which will the beat the self-driving vehicles by the time. There will be ID Pilot Mode which will control the autonomous driving features. That will also make the VW ID more conservative.
Design and Look
The VW ID motor configuration will be like the BMW i3, with the engine driving the rear, not front, wheels. The lithium ion battery pack will be mounted under the passenger compartment, lowering the center of gravity. It is thinking that putting something heavy up front, such as motor, is good for crash protection, like having more armor on the glass plate and turret face of tank. But the opposite is true. Engineers are freer to create a crumple zone on a vehicle just 13 feet long, with nothing in front. This means the wheel wells can be wider, allowing for a city-friendly 32.5 foot turning circle.
The MEB is designed to be used in more car designs going forward, and is focused on maximizing vehicle ride comfort, safety, and use of space, with a floor-iterated flat battery pack, a long wheelbase and more. The other designs are that comes from the focus a connected vehicle experiences taken from the car drivers. There aren’t any mirror on the doors, instead which cameras built-in to the front fenders give you a look behind you left and right. This feature makes the full technical and modernized with the technology. There will be B-pillars since the front and rear doors, when closed, provide enough structural rigidity on their own.
The headlight are the most attractive parts of the car. They give slip and smooth finishing to the vehicle. Here the headlights actually sound like one of the most interesting aspects of the car. They are designed more thoughtful communication devices, and well look at the driver as they approach, and signal them when they’re in ID Pilot mode, with different look, so that other drivers will know it’s driving itself. The light also “look” in the direction the car intend to turn and even look at pedestrians and cyclists.
The ID also uses laser with Pilot mode for the primary detection, which are supplemented by ultrasonic, radar and photographic camera sensors. VW also uses the technology with which there will be a connection to the car, driver and home. Drivers would get a personal Volkswagen ID that knows the person’s seat setting, HVAC preferences, song list, navigation configuration and many others. These profile would be accessed through the cloud, securely and the user would see his/her phone to preform authentication, after which the car will connect to the cameras within the home, so you could be assured all is in order. It has also a physical mailboxes which helps in package delivery to car, not home. When the driver is away from the car, they would grant temporary access to UPS or DHL to insert package then the slot would be locked again, so that the car become safe from being repository.
This will be VW’s first use of its MEB, modular electric drive kit, or Modularer Elektrifizierungsbaukasten. (And you thought fahrvergnügen was a long word.) This means the chassis configuration can be scaled up or down to build bigger EVs — for the US, perhaps — and even smaller vehicles for space-constrained mega-cities.