German carmaker Volkswagen (VW) which plans to roll out four affordable electric vehicles in the coming years, has unveiled a battery-powered crossover at the Shanghai Auto Show. Touching the VW badges on the steering wheel, the Crozz enters into I.D Pilot mode, and with the help of LiDar sensors and four laser scanners integrated on the roof, and more than few cameras can drive with no human intervention. Toyota has said it will locally build plug-in hybrids and sell them in China, starting in 2018, although it has not said when all-electric vehicle models would hit Chinese showrooms. It also showcased a couple of more hybrids and concept electric shuttle bus "Sedric" at the Geneva Motor Show in March and the North American International Motor Show in Detroit last week.
In terms of design the electric crossover looks just as futuristic as its functions illustrate. CROZZ in 2020, and the company is aiming to have EV sales of 1 million units a year by 2025.
"Offering our electric cars for prices similar to combustion engine vehicles really is a game changer", Christian Senger, head of the automaker's electric auto efforts, told Bloomberg.
Sitting in the vehicle floor is an 83-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery that VW says delivers a range of 311 miles on the European cycle.
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Like the other two I.D. concepts (the hot hatch I.D. and cute campervan I.D. Buzz), it's based on the new scalable MEB electric auto platform VW will share with Audi, Seat, Skoda and so on.
It follows on from the I.D. Buzz concepts, the Crozz carries minimal exterior adornment, with the exception of strong haunches above the wheel arches. CROZZ seeks to remove any CUV boxiness while retaining sportiness. That's owing to the MEB platform's relatively long wheelbase, and the packaging efficiencies of an electric powertrain. A thin, elongated greenhouse emphasizes forward movement, as do the slightly upward curving lines of the bodywork. The lighting can also convey information, depending on the drive mode or situation. Then the CROZZ can even "wink" at the driver upon approach. This is because the I.D.
Inside, the Volkswagen I.D. CROZZ is based on the new, innovative, next-generation architecture for Volkswagen electric vehicles. Seating can be slid, swiveled, and folded to accommodate cargo or passengers, as needed. In addition, the rear seat bases fold up to allow room for a bike to be carried between the front and rear seats, and the doors open to an unusually wide angle, with no pillar between the front and rear doors, which makes it easier to load and unload the auto. Furthermore, a new "CleanAir" filtration system ensures high air quality inside the vehicle - whatever the conditions outside.
Volkswagen has been actively showing the I.D. electric concept at different motor shows. Using the multi-profile capabilities of Volkswagen User-ID, the vehicle recognizes authorized operators and unlocks the doors and sets various operating systems to their personal profile preferences.