Volkswagen Sets 2027 Launch for Budget-Friendly ID.1 EV

Volkswagen has announced the launch date for the ID.1, its most affordable electric vehicle (EV) yet, and it won’t be hitting the streets until 2027. The announcement came during Volkswagen’s annual press conference, where the brand’s leader, Thomas Schäfer, outlined the company’s ambitious electric future, including the release of eleven new EV models by 2027.

According to Schäfer, development of the ID.1 is well underway, despite the launch being three years away. Schäfer says Volkswagen is exploring four different strategies to overcome the economic challenges posed by high battery costs and still bring the ID.1 in at the targeted €20,000 (C$27,500) price point. (via Automobilewoche)

Key to the success will be mass production, leading to VW having discussions with Renault about a potential collaboration on the small electric car.

Following the ID.1, Volkswagen plans to introduce the ID.2all in 2026, priced under €25,000 (C$36,800). Described as spacious like a Golf and affordable like a Polo, the ID.2all concept features a range of 450km (279 miles) and is based on a new entry-level version of Volkswagen’s MEB platform.

Additionally, Volkswagen is set to continue expanding its presence in North America with the launch of the larger electric SUV, the ID.7, and the ID. Buzz rolling out this year, alongside an updated ID.4 with an extended range.

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