VW MEB electric car, platform: the full details revealed

Volkswagen has given an in-depth technical preview of its new electric vehicle platform, making its production debut next year with the ID sedan.

The cars will be produced at the brand’s German plants in Zwickau, Braunschweig, Salzgitter and Kassel, with 1.2 billion euro invested in Zwickau to become the first pure MEB plant and largest centre of competence for e-mobility in Europe and 1.3 billion euros, for a total of 6 billion euro invested in the other three sites.

The first car on sale at two-wheel-drive only ID, cost less than a high-end Golf diesel. In the UK this will put the price of an entry level model at about £25,000 before any government grant. Pre-orders of the ID will start at the end of 2019, with deliveries beginning in 2020.

There will be three Lithium-Ion battery pack available in sizes. The entry level ID sedans will have a range of 205 miles on the WLTP cycle with the next size up, giving more than 400 miles. Battery packs built from individual cells in the modules and can be scaled with more or less modules to create larger or smaller packaging for the ID of the family. The range given by the larger spec battery is still secret. The goal for the large vehicles over 350 miles on a charge.

Volkswagen is also the first time Volkswagen Wallbox home charging system. All vehicles must be able to accept fast [rapid] charging to 125kW taking a 80% charge in 30 minutes.