Volkswagen is among the world’s largest car companies, and have been consistently at the forefront of developing new electric models. The German auto giant has named its electric models as “ID” (Intelligent Design) and the current range worldwide includes:
- ID.3 – a hatchback currently available only in Europe and some select markets
- ID.4 – a crossover SUV available in Europe, North America, China and other markets
- ID.6 – a crossover SUV built exclusively for the Chinese market
Availability in Canada and Future Plans
In Canada, we are currently only able to purchase the ID.4 but there are plans afoot to bring more models to Canada. For the future, VW has more models planned going into 2022 and 2023. These include:
- A sedan and wagon model planned for 2022 derived from ID.Vizzion concept
- A van model planned for 2022 derived from the ID.Buzz and ID.Buzz Cargo concept vehicles
- ID.1 – a small electric hatchback planned for 2023 to replace the E-up!
- ID.2 – a crossover SUV model planned for 2023 with size similar to the T-Roc
- ID.5 – a crossover SUV planned for 2021 which is very similar to the ID.4 but features a more coupe-like roof – like a “Sportback.”
VW has actually been quite prolific in creating and exhibiting its concept vehicles. Since at least the 2016 Paris Motor Show, concepts have been shown and then steadily turned into production models. With many more models to come, and the obvious demand for VW vehicles in Canada, it’s only a matter of time before more of these cars make it to Canada and the wider North American marketplace.
VW – The MEB Platform
Volkswagen electric cars are built on what they call the MEB platform, which stands for “Modular Electric Drive Matrix” — it works in German. Regardless of the style and build, the overall platform for the ID family of electric vehicles is the same right now. This platform was designed by VW specifically for its emerging range of EVs. The platform is designed to offer a number of key concepts: space, range, comfort and convenience.
Space: This is the “space to grow” as VW puts it. This points to the fact that VW electric vehicles don’t need space for combustion engines or any of the paraphernalia that come with them (for the most part), so there is now greater space for newer and better technologies.
Range: In lieu of the engine lies the new heart of the VW electric ID vehicle family, and that’s the lithium-ion battery pack. Like many other electric vehicle designs, the ID EV battery is housed in the floor of the vehicle, which creates a lower center of gravity and thus a more pleasing distribution of weight when it comes to on-road performance. The ID.4, currently available in Canada, includes a range of up to 400km and the ability to charge 100km in just 10 minutes when using a DC fast charger.
Comfort and Convenience: The final two pillars of the MEB are perhaps the most familiar and most important to the customer. VW’s other singular mission is to make its EV models as comfortable and popular as its gasoline models have been. The ID.4, which becomes available in Canada from summer 2021, was named 2021 World Car of the Year, so they are clearly getting things right.
Electric Cars for Nova Scotia – Summer 2021
Soon, Nova Scotians can enjoy the same great EV cars that those in Europe and China have been enjoying for some time in the form of the ID EV car family. The first model to arrive at the end of summer 2021 will be the ID.4, with the promise of many more after. Anyone who has not yet made the switch to electric will struggle to resist the charms of the Volkswagen electric range.