VW unveils ID 2all affordable EV concept with 279 miles of range

VW introduced its long-awaited affordable electric car on Wednesday, considered the ID 2all concept with up to 450 km of range (279 miles).

Introducing the Volkswagen ID 2all electric concept

After doubling down on its electric vehicle strategy with a new investment of nearly $200 billion (€180 billion) to accelerate digitization and electric vehicle development over the next five years, VW plows ahead with a new EV concept.

VW delivered over 570,000 electric vehicles last year, maintaining its position as the BEV market leader in Europe, but the automaker believes it is well positioned for future growth with several new car releases on deck.

To fend off incoming competition from Tesla and many others, Volkswagen has introduced its budget electric vehicle, the ID 2all concept, which costs under $27,000 (€25,000).

The ID 2all is as spacious as its Golf counterpart and as cheap as the Polo that sits below the recently upgraded ID. 3, with up to 279 miles of range (450 km) and several new features. CEO of Volkswagen Passenger Cars, Thomas Shafer, explains:

We are transforming the company quickly and fundamentally – with the clear goal of making Volkswagen a true brand of love. In it. 2all shows where we want to take the brand. We want to be close to the customer and offer top technology in combination with fantastic design. We are implementing the transformation at a pace to bring electric mobility to the masses.

VW’s affordable EV will be based on its new modular electric drive (MEB) platform, called the MEB Entry Platform, and will be the first front-wheel drive vehicle based on it.

The first plans required Volkswagen’s ID. The LIFE concept is the first affordable electric car based on the new platform designed for the smaller car segment, but those plans have apparently been shelved.

VW ID 2all affordable EV concept (Source: VW)

Interior and exterior design

The exterior is inspired by Volkswagen classics such as the Beetle and Golf, showing a new design language from the automaker.

On the outside, the ID 2all has a “clear and powerful” stance with strong fender flares covering a wide track, long wheelbase and short overhangs along with a cleaned up front end.

Volkswagen recently brought back former Bentley and Audi designer Andreas Mindt as head of design for Volkswagen Passenger Cars, who says the VW ID 2all concept is based on three pillars – stability, likeability and enthusiasm.

VW ID 2all EV concept interior (Source: VW)

One of the most prominent elements of the new interior design is the C-pillar design developed for the first Golf model. As such, the interior has a spacious, high-quality look.

The 12.9 touch display has a new menu structure with a separate climate control panel below it. In addition, the new multifunction steering wheel is minimalist with two thumbwheels and buttons on each side.

VW ID 2all affordable EV concept (Source: VW)

Powered by a “powerful electric drive motor”, the ID. 2all with an output of 222 hp (166 kW) and 226 PS, achieving 0 to 60 mph (0-100 km/h) in under seven seconds.

Volkswagen says its new electric car can be charged to 80% in less than 20 minutes, although details are not mentioned.

Despite the ID 2all being considered a concept car, Volkswagen says it will unveil the production version of the ID 2all for all European markets in 2025, with a goal of launching it at less than 25,000 euros.

The automaker now plans for at least one in five cars sold globally to be electric by 2025, with the production version of the ID 2all being one of ten electric cars launched by VW in 2026.

This year, VW introduces the new ID. 3, ID. Buzz and the ID. 7, which will be followed by a compact electric SUV in 2026.

Electrek’s Take

Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like Volkswagen has any plans to bring the ID 2all concept to the US. The good news, however, is that VW plans to bring it into production.

The real question will be: Can they produce it at the price they say? Or perhaps, more importantly, can they produce it profitably at that price?

A sub $27k, nice electric vehicle with nearly 300 miles of range from the VW brand would sell well in my opinion.

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