PARIS -- Volkswagen will launch a compact electric car in 2020 with a range of up to 370 miles as it seeks to sell 1 million EVs per year by 2025, the automaker said Wednesday.
Ahead of press days at the Paris motor show, VW on Wednesday revealed a concept car, dubbed the I.D., to hint at the compact EV. In a statement VW said the concept features a new design language for EVs and will be the first compact model to ride on its modular platform toolkit for electric vehicles, known internally as “MEB.”
VW says the I.D. has a range of roughly 248-370 miles (400-600 kilometers) on a charge and will launch in 2020 alongside the next-generation Golf compact car.
A 2020 launch date will make VW a relatively late entrant in the field of more-affordable EVs offering more than 200 miles of driving range. Chevrolet will begin sales of the Bolt EV later this year, with an EPA-certified range of 238 miles. Tesla Motors will follow with its long-awaited Model 3 in 2017
VW has set aggressive electrification plans over the last year as the longtime diesel specialist grappled with emissions violations. The automaker has said it plans to launch as many as 30 new EV models across the VW Group with the aim of selling 1 million per year by 2025.
The I.D. concept also envisions autonomous driving systems, with a retractable steering wheel that hides away when the vehicle is driving in autonomous mode.