Volkswagen is getting back to its roots as the people’s car company with a cheap and compact US$26,400 mass market ID.2ALL electric vehicle. With the price of a Polo but the size of a Golf, the hot hatch will be able go for 280 miles on a charge when it is released in 2025.
While Tesla is twiddling its thumbs over the announcement of an actual vehicle that will be built on its next-generation EV platform for mass market electric cars, other automakers are coming up with tangible alternatives. The most formidable Tesla Model 2 competitor was just fleshed out by none other than Volkswagen which earlier in the week earmarked US$127 billion for EV and battery development by 2028.
Just as rumored, the VW ID.2all is a true people’s car in the vein of the storied Volkswagen Golf line. In fact, VW said that the electric ID.2all concept is as big as a Golf, but will come at the price of a tiny Polo when it is released in 2025. At the equivalent of US$26,400 at launch, the ID.2all will be one of the most affordable electric cars from a major automaker.
According to VW’s head of brand management Thomas Schäfer: “We are implementing the transformation at pace to bring electric mobility to the masses.” The VW ID.2all will probably end up at the coveted sub-US$25,000 price with government subsidies that Tesla will also be gunning for with the Model 2 that is still in the planning stage.
Needless to say, if someone can pull off a mass market EV at scale and with costs kept in check, this would be Tesla. With the announcement of the ID.2all, however, VW just made the Model 2 an even more pressing matter for the world’s biggest EV maker.
As for the ID.2all specs, its range is envisioned to be 280 miles on a charge, or as much as the base Model 3. The Model 2 is expected to offer similar range as a component analysis pegged it as 30% lighter than the Model 3 and with 25% smaller battery that would, however, basically offer the same range as the Model 3 due to the more compact body.
Volkswagen also added that the ID.2all will come with a front wheel drive option, a 166 kW (226 HP) electric motor, a new infotainment system, and driver assistance features with a level of vehicle autonomy that is yet to be specified.
Daniel Zlatev – Tech Writer – 629 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2021
Wooed by tech since the industrial espionage of Apple computers and the times of pixelized Nintendos, Daniel went and opened a gaming club when personal computers and consoles were still an expensive rarity. Nowadays, fascination is not with specs and speed but rather the lifestyle that computers in our pocket, house, and car have shoehorned us in, from the infinite scroll and the privacy hazards to authenticating every bit and move of our existence.
Daniel Zlatev, 2023-03-15 (Update: 2023-03-15)