Volkswagen has revealed a battery-powered crossover at the Shanghai Auto Show as part of its plans to roll out four affordable electric vehicles in the coming years, reported RT.com.
The third model which will be sold under the I.D. sub-brand, the new I.D. Crozz SUV is a mix between a four-door coupe and an SUV.
It can run over 480km on a single charge and with a fast charger, can be charged to up to 80% capacity in only 30 minutes.
The vehicle can switch to an autonomous driving mode with a push on the VW badge in the middle of the steering wheel which then folds automatically into the cockpit.
On autonomous mode, the car manoeuvres around based on signals it gets via laser and ultrasonic scanners, radar sensors, and cameras.
The crossover is said to compete with Tesla’s Model X, which the US manufacturer started delivering in 2015.
According to the head of Volkswagen’s electric car project Christian Senger, the company has made “huge progress” in reducing production costs of its all-electric vehicles.
The German carmaker has pledged that the I.D. line will cost about the same as its diesel models.
He said offering EVs at a similar price as combustion engine vehicles would be a game changer and would help reinvent the brand by stepping from ICEs to EVs.
The I.D. line models will be partly developed in China, and will also include a mid-size sports utility vehicle, a hatchback, and a sedan.
The concept of electric cars is part of Volkswagen’s new business strategy to take a leading position in the green transport niche by 2025.
In the wake of its diesel emissions scandal, Volkswagen announced last year it’s phasing out up to 40 vehicle models.
The company pledged to invest €10 billion (RM47.2 million) into ride-sharing technology, electric cars, and automated driving, and also hopes to launch 30 new electric car models within a decade.