Volkswagen is preparing a family of affordable electric cars and it is no secret. Although the e-up! and its twins SEAT Mii electric and Skoda CITIGOe iV are achieving enormous sales success thanks to their excellent price/autonomy ratio; they are very veteran models whose commercial life cannot be extended for many more years.
Therefore, Volkswagen is developing a simplified version of its MEB electric modular platform, which is already used in ID.3 and ID.4. This economical variant will receive the name MEB Entry and designed for segment B (utility) models, one of the most critical categories in the European market.
Volkswagen already confirmed the development of two models on this platform. The ID.1 and ID.2 (possibly the first of them is a utility similar to the Polo, while the second should be a B-SUV equivalent to the T- Cross). Until now, it was believed that the launch of these vehicles would be delayed until 2025. Ultimately this will not be the case.
According to the German press’s information, Volkswagen is advancing the launch of the ID.1 to 2023, a movement motivated by the increasingly stringent emission regulations of the European Union. The ID.1, being an economical car, will be vital to lowering the company’s average emissions.
The ID.1 will have a price between 20,000 and 25,000 euros before aid, being immediately below the ID.3, equivalent to the Golf within the German manufacturer’s range. Compared to the Polo, the ID.1 should be slightly smaller (just under 3.90 meters) but offer a superior interior space.
The MEB Entry platform will also be used by the SEAT, Skoda, and Audi brands, possibly to launch the electric substitutes for the Ibiza, Arona, Fabia, Kamiq, A1, and Q2 models.