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Volkswagen's I.D. Crozz concept forecasts an autonomous, electric future

20 April 2017

Volkswagen has been talking about a major shift to electric vehicles ever since the revelations of the company's diesel-emissions scandal.

The latter is also a concept of an electric SUV that can drive itself, and both have been revealed at the same event.

The new car's electric motors are out by each wheel and the battery is integrated into the floor, allowing for a great deal of interior space and flexibility, despite the coupe-like shape.

"The rules look like they are being revised", Heizmann said, adding that Chinese authorities have not yet clarified how a system of credits for so-called New Energy Vehicles (NEV)'s will be formalized.

The I.D. Crozz will be shown at Auto Shanghai, which is open to the public from April 21.

Volkswagen is planning to launch a range of electric cars beginning around 2020, and it's previewing that fearless new electric world with a series of concept vehicles. It's the latest in what the company calls a "range of avant-garde electric vehicles", which includes the I.D. Buzz microbus that was announced in January, and the I.D. compact concept from a year ago.

NextEV, a Shanghai-based startup, says it will display 11 vehicles in Shanghai from its all-electric NIO brand.

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Called the I.D. Crozz, it would seem that VW wants to build a correlation between the name and the Crossover classification of the vehicle, The Verge notes.

Among the most outlandish propositions to be included in the Crozz include an augmented reality feed, which is meant to provide information to drivers in real-time.

Also at the very heart of the concept is autonomous, self-driving technology, which the company expects to be available on these cars from about 2025.

Other bold claims by the German automaker state that the four-door can be charged up to 80 percent in only 30 minutes using a 150 kW DC fast charger. However, the concept version has an on-demand autopilot system that when activated makes the steering wheel retract into the dashboard.

But press the VW logo in the middle of the steering wheel for three seconds, and it retracts into the dashboard and becomes part of the display, as the auto takes over the driving.

There are also individual control islands on the door panels that enable passengers to set climate and door functions.

VW has given United Kingdom motorists an insight into the future of the brand with another glimpse at their I.D range. "The owner of the I.D. Crozz is then notified via an app or e-mail as soon as the parcel has been delivered". This is because the I.D. Ambient lighting transitions during the drive, such as the "eyes" (LED lighting) adjusting to higher speeds through narrower and concentrated focus. "Production will start in 2020", said Herbert Diess, chairman of the VW brand's board of management, in a statement. Dubbed MEB by Volkswagen, it is the group's third pure battery-electric vehicle architecture, along with Porsche's Mission E and an electric SUV to sit on the J1 architecture, and Audi's standalone layout called C-BEV.

Volkswagen's I.D. Crozz concept forecasts an autonomous, electric future