Volkswagen has just unveiled its future electric car: the ID. 2everything. For less than 25,000 euros, it promises 450 km of autonomy, ultra-fast charging in 20 minutes and many technologies worthy of luxury cars. Could this be enough to make you buy an electric car?
This Wednesday, March 15, 2023 will mark an important milestone in the history of the electric car. German manufacturer Volkswagen, historically known for its economy cars (Volkswagen means people’s car in German) such as the Golf and Polo, has unveiled a concept version of its future ID.2. THE concept car it’s called Volkswagen ID. 2all, but its specs and design should be very close to the production model, expected for 2025.
25,000 euros: the robbery of the Volkswagen
Precisely, let’s take a quick look at some important elements of its datasheet. Already its price: Volkswagen promises a starting price of less than 25,000 euros, ecological bonus excluded. By way of comparison, the Volkswagen e-UP currently starts at more than €27,000, while the Dacia Spring (the cheapest electric car on the market) costs from €20,800. In Europe, the selling price of a new car was around 23,600 euros in 2019. With inflation and various crises, analyst firm AAA Data estimates a rate of €32,600 for 2022.
With a new car selling for under €25,000 from 2025, the ID.2 promises to be a hit. Because where the German manufacturer has hit hard, in addition to the price, is on the combo of autonomy and ultra-fast charging.
Autonomy never seen for this price
If the Volkswagen e-UP and Dacia Spring are satisfied respectively Autonomy 260 and 230 kmthe Volkswagen ID.2 is posted for 450km of mixed range on the WLTP certification cycle. This is the same autonomy as the old Tesla Model 3 Propulsion (the version with 500 km of autonomy is currently sold for 44,990 euros) or the MG4 in its Comfort version, sold for 31,990 euros.
On range, the Volkswagen ID.2 hits hard, at an affordable price. But where Volkswagen drives home the point is up recharge, really ultra-fast. While the Volkswagen e-UP requires around 40 minutes to recharge the battery from 10 to 80%, this time increases to 35 minutes on the MG4, around 30 minutes on the Tesla Model 3 Propulsion and… only 20 minutes on the future electric car less than 25,000 euros from the German manufacturer. That’s nearly as good as the Porsche Taycan, Kia EV6, and Hyundai Ioniq 6 that take 18 minutes thanks to their 800-volt architecture, but at at least twice the price.
A cheap electric car to replace thermals
450 km of range and 20 minutes for fast charging – it’s simply excellent. If you don’t realize it, you can take a look at our dedicated file which simulates a trip from Paris to Marseille with different electric cars with a theoretical range of 400 km, but with different durations for recharging. With only 20 minutes to fill up on electrons, the future Volkswagen ID.2 will not be afraid of long journeysand will be at least as fast as a 2023 Tesla Model 3 Propulsion.
But be careful, the basic version, sold for less than 25,000 euros, should be devoid of many options. It is also possible that it is equipped with a smaller battery than the 56 kWh which will allow you to go up to 450 km. We should know more in 2025, when the production model will be formalized, before commercialization in stride or in 2026 at the latest. The match promises to be insidious, with the future electric Renault R5 E-Tech taking turns… in the shadow of the future, but hypothetical Tesla Model 2.
Now that we’ve set the scene, it’s your turn to give us your opinion. Will an electric car sold for less than 25,000 euros with 450 km of autonomy and a recharge in 20 minutes be enough to make you forget the petrol or diesel car?
25,000 euros for 450 km of autonomy: is that enough to make you buy an electric car?
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