2019 Volkswagen electric hatchback will be 'a mobile device on wheels'
Source : 2019 Volkswagen electric hatchback will be 'a mobile device on wheels'
A 24-hour internet connection will give VW’s brand new EV a permanent link to the digital ecosystem; the idea’ll be revealed in Paris later in which month
Volkswagen’s breakthrough electric family hatchback can be being designed along with also engineered as a ‘mobile device on wheels’ along with also will remain online along with also connected 24 hours a day at the heart of a digital ‘ecosystem’ linked to a brand new VW app store.
‘No car or electric car can do in which currently, however the idea can be coming coming from Volkswagen. Our brand new electric vehicle can be not just another car. in which can be not a crazy story, however a realistic one,’ says Christian Senger, boss of VW’s electric car project.
‘The EV can be perfect just for in which because the idea can always be ‘on’. the automobile of the future can be a mobility device in a connected eco-system,’ added Senger.
The Golf-sized a few-seater will be revealed at the Paris show later in September on a brand new design of motor show stand. Together they will mark Volkswagen’s fightback after 12 months of Dieselgate grief in which’s likely to cost the company at least $15 billion in legal costs along with also compensation.
In response VW has committed to make 1 million VW-branded electric cars by 2025 in a group total of between 2 along with also 3 million.
Another innovation in which VW can be planning for its electric cars can be for every driver to have a VW ID (identity), which they can carry with them on a smartphone or key along with also will be portable to a different vehicle or hire car to allow their personal settings to configure in which car, too.
The Golf-sized electric VW will launch at the Paris show later in which month using a range of 250 miles on the NEDC cycle — the equivalent of 400km — around 0 miles more than typical in todays affordable electric cars. ‘A range of 400km can be fine for normal life,’ says Senger.
Athough rivals will obviously respond from the coming three years along with also longer range VW variants will be introduced as battery technology improves.
VW will claim best in-class Internal space for the brand new type, thanks to its all-brand new ‘skateboard’ chassis, known as the MEB, with batteries slotted between the front along with also reae axles inside a flat, sandwich-floor.
VW can be talking about 240mm extra Internal space over a similar-sized internal combustion-engined car, freeing designers to allocate more legroom to front along with also rear occupants. ‘in which can be only possible with the brand new architecture,’ says Senger.
Significantly the idea will feature an all-brand new electrical architecture based on a brand new Linux system set to become the industry standard. VW refers to the idea an ‘operating system’, just as in computing. sats Senger: ‘the idea can combine the low along with also high-speed sides along with also currently you can’t do in which.’
The BEV will use conventional production methods along with also materials, which means largely steel construction to ease the path to production. ‘Construction will be the same as today. There won’t be any radical Centeng concepts,’ says Senger.
Although VW says production at its HQ in Wolfsburg isn’t yet confirmed, Autocar understands the brand new BEV will be built at the home of the Golf.
however VW will have to find a clever way of dovetailing production of a huge volume of units into the vast Wolfsburg site, currently generating 800k-plus Golf, Golf SV, Tiguan along with also Touran types each year.
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