Today, Volkswagen introduced an elegant new electric sedan – a concept vehicle called the ID Aero. The announcement indicates that the automaker’s electric car clan will grow.

VW designates its EVs with the prefix “ID”. The only electric vehicle model from VW currently on the US market is the ID.4, which is a compact SUV. The new Aero sedan will have a range of up to 385 miles and will spin on wheels that are designed to cause turbines, the company said in press release. Other design details include two light strips that start at the front, near the VW logo and wrap around the back, on both sides, as well as honeycomb patterns at the front and back.

“After ID.4, this model will be our next global car for Europe, China and the United States,” said Ralph Brandstadter, CEO of Volkswagen Passenger Cars.

The company is crying out for the aerodynamics of the vehicle, which is a suitable quality for a car called the Aero. “The roof tilts elegantly at the rear in a coupe style and contributes to an excellent coefficient of resistance of 0.23,” said VW. With this number, 0.23 Aero will have a similar drag coefficient as the Tesla Model S or Toyota Prius, which are 0.21 and 0.24, respectively (the lower is better). Instead of simple door handles, touch-sensitive surfaces will do the job. Other attributes of this concept car include a glossy paint that will contain “pigments [that] create a golden glow in suitable lighting conditions. “

ID Aero will be almost 5 meters (16.4 feet) long, which is slightly longer than a Tesla model 3.

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Another recent VW electric vehicle that generates noise is the ID Buzz, which is the company’s electric model famous small bus. A version of this long-wheelbase EV is expected to arrive in the US in 2024. Like ID Buzz and other VW electric vehicles, ID Aero will use what the company calls its MEB, or Modular electric drive system.

Volkswagen he says that by 2030 in North America “the percentage of sales of units reported by purely electric vehicles” will be more than 50 percent and that it will stop the development of vehicles that run on internal combustion engines by 2026.

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At a manufacturing base in Chattanooga, Tennessee, VW is preparing for production of its vehicles ID.4 from model year 2023; currently ID.4, available on the US market, are manufactured in Germany. For ID Aero, VW says it should go on sale in China in the second half of next year, and the company plans to start making a European version of it, also in 2023. Car buyers in the US will be able to pick up one after that, as VW says that at some point a version is coming to North America.


Meet the ID Aero, Volkswagen’s new electric sedan concept

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