We are Building the Future

The German state of Saxony is set to become Europe’s center of e-mobility. The first models from Volkswagen’s I.D. range will start rolling off the production line here starting in 2019, making electric driving more appealing than ever before.

Copenhagen, Stockholm and Munich are regarded as Europe’s most innovative cities when you break it down by research and development spending per head. However, when it comes to electric mobility, another city is leading the pack: Zwickau. In this city in the German state of Saxony, preparations to start production on the new I.D. family are already underway. In the future, up to 1,500 electric vehicles will be built here every day. One member of the I.D. family will be manufactured in Dresden.

One of the most important tasks at hand is converting the production facilities for the Modular Electric Toolkit (also known as the MEB). You could say that the MEB is the foundation for the future of mobility – a package of the tools needed to produce electric cars. Finding that hard to grasp? Let’s imagine for a moment that you had an electric drive system that offers perfection in terms of range, functionality, design and costs. In other words, you have an electric car that breaks the mold – just like the vehicles in the I.D. family. Need to charge your electric car quickly? No problem. Need to drive 380 miles without stopping to recharge. No problem. And on top of that, you have features and assistance systems that were previously reserved exclusively for the premium segment, such as a head-up display with an augmented reality function.

The right model for every environment

The first vehicle to be produced will be the I.D.*, the first compact Volkswagen based on the brand new Modular Electric Toolkit. You will be able to drive this car from Dresden to Munich without needing to recharge – or could even make it to the Baltic Sea for a relaxing vacation.

This model will be followed by the I.D. CROZZ* and the I.D. BUZZ*. The CROZZ* combines the strengths of an SUV with a four-door coupe: powerful yet elegant, adventurous while at the same time practical enough for the entire family. Thanks to its electric 4MOTION all-wheel drive, it glides as stylishly through the city as it does over off-road terrain. Its built-in voice control function not only allows you to operate components like the radio but can even open and close the doors for you. And by the way, the large hinged and sliding doors can be opened so wide that even bicycles can be transported without any hassle.

In terms of size, CROZZ* is only surpassed by the I.D. BUZZ*, whose eight seats and two luggage compartments offer plenty of storage space. Exhausted from all that packing or just worn out in general? You will still make it safely to your destination in the I.D. BUZZ*. The classic bus for the electric era is the world’s first multi-variable electric van with a fully automated driving mode. The future I.D. BUZZ* driver will be given directions by an augmented reality head-up display. Information such as GPS instructions are projected virtually 7 to 15 meters in front of the vehicle, meaning there is nothing standing between you and a relaxing drive.

The car without a steering wheel

There’s also another car still in the prototype phase: the I.D. VIZZION*. This premium class sedan is the first concept vehicle in the I.D. family designed for autonomous driving. The unique thing about it? It has no steering wheel. The vehicle is controlled using voice commands and gestures alone. All you have to do is tell your digital chauffeur where you want to go. The VIZZION* keeps learning all the time, giving you the freedom that you’ve always wanted – to relax, communicate or even to work.

Volkswagen is also creating an extensive eco-system for its new vehicles, covering everything from charging pillars and green power to digital services. Which means that making the switch to an electric car is now easier and more attractive than ever.

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*These prototype vehicles are not yet available for sale and therefore are not subject to Directive 1999/94/EC.