Nearly every major automaker is undertaking a big new push toward electric vehicles. Volkswagen, still reeling from the diesel emissions cheating scandal, has a particularly strong incentive to go big on electrics. And apparently the automaker wants to build a battery-powered sport sedan to compete with the Tesla Model S as soon as 2023.
on VW's big new electric car push, under the umbrella of its new I.D. sub-brand. The I.D. Crozz electric crossover concept, shown above, is set to debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show next week in a closer-to-production form; according to Automotive News, it'll be the first of a whole slew of new electric cars.
By 2023, VW wants the I.D. brand to offer a European hatchback, the Crozz crossover, a longer-wheelbase Lounge three-row SUV, the electric Microbus, and the Tesla-baiting Aero-e. While no specific driveline details are available, Automotive News reports that at least a few of the proposed vehicles will use VW's new MEB modular electric car platform, which tucks the batteries into the floor and allows for a variety of wheelbase and size requirements.
Judging by recent concept designs, we expect the Aero-e will have a sleek, sharp look. But by 2023, the automotive landscape could look very different. Particularly since the current Model S, the car VW apparently wants to compete with, will be an 11-year-old design by then.