Electric cars coming soon

Electric vehicles still account for a tiny proportion of car sales, but that could soon change, because these upcoming models push the boundaries of performance, range and desirability...

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What Car? team
30 November 2016

Electric cars coming soon

Volkswagen ID

Volkswagen ID front

On sale 2020 Price from £26,000 (est)

Volkswagen is no stranger to electric vehicles, but the new ID hatchback will be the brand’s first car to have been designed as an EV from the outset – as opposed to the e-Golf and e-Up, which are electrified variants of existing cars.

With styling that will stay true to the futuristic concept of 2016 in all but details, the ID takes the form of a five-door family hatchback. It’s powered by a 168bhp electric motor that drives the rear wheels and promises to deliver a 0-62mph sprint time of less than eight seconds and a top speed of about 100mph.

The ID’s range will be between 249 and 373 miles, depending on the version, far eclipsing what is offered by the majority of today’s small electric cars. Such advances are likely to have been made possible by new battery technology that allows energy to be stored far more densely than current batteries can manage.

Volkswagen ID doors open

The batteries can be recharged to 80% of capacity within 30 minutes, using the fastest charging points found at motorway service stations. The ID is longer, taller and slightly wider than the Golf. Clever packaging is said to give the ID generous interior space as well as a tight turning circle, thanks to its rear-mounted motor.

Pricing has yet to be revealed, but Volkswagen has said the ID should be comparable with a diesel version of the Golf. A starting price of around £26,000 is therefore likely – and that’s before the Government’s £4500 grant is taken into account.

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