Volkswagen has just presented its future electric car: the ID. 2all. For less than 25,000 euros, it promises 450 km of autonomy, ultra-fast charging in 20 minutes and many technologies worthy of luxury cars. Could this be enough to make you buy an electric car?
This Wednesday, March 15, 2023, will mark an important milestone in the history of the electric car. German automaker Volkswagen, historically known for its affordable cars (Volkswagen means people’s car in German) like the Golf and Polo, has unveiled a concept version of its future ID.2. HE Selfconcept It’s called Volkswagen ID. 2todo, but its technical sheet and design should be very close to the production model, scheduled for 2025.
25,000 euros : Volkswagen hold-up
Precisely, let’s take a quick look at some important elements of your data sheet. Its price already: Volkswagen promises a starting price of less than 25,000 euros, not including the ecological bonus. For comparison, the Volkswagen e-UP currently starts at more than 27,000 euros, while the Dacia Spring (the cheapest electric car on the market) starts at 20,800 euros. In Europe, the sale price of a new car was around 23,600 euros in 2019. With inflation and the various crises, the analysis firm AAA Data estimates a rate of €32,600 by 2022.
With a new car selling for less than €25,000 as of 2025, the ID.2 promises to be a hit. Because where the German manufacturer has hit hard, in addition to the price, is in the combo of autonomy and ultra-fast charging.
Autonomy never seen for this price
If the Volkswagen e-UP and Dacia Spring settle for respectively Autonomy of 260 and 230 kmVolkswagen ID.2 announced for 450 km of mixed autonomy in the WLTP certification cycle. This is the same range as the old Tesla Model 3 Propulsion (the version with 500 km of autonomy is currently sold for 44,990 euros) or the MG4 in its Comfort version, sold for 31,990 euros.
On autonomy, the Volkswagen ID.2 hits hard, for an affordable price. But where Volkswagen drives the point home is in recharge, really lightning fast. While the Volkswagen e-UP requires around 40 minutes to recharge the battery from 10 to 80%, this time increases to 35 minutes in the MG4, around 30 minutes in the Tesla Model 3 Propulsion and… only 20 minutes in the future electric car less than 25,000 euros from the German manufacturer. It’s almost as good as the Porsche Taycan, Kia EV6, and Hyundai Ioniq 6, which require 18 minutes thanks to its 800-volt architecture, but at least twice the price.
An affordable electric car to replace the thermal ones
450 km of autonomy and 20 minutes of fast charging: it is simply excellent. If you don’t realize it, you can take a look at our dedicated file that simulates a trip from Paris to Marseille with different electric cars with a theoretical range of 400 km, but different durations for recharging. With only 20 minutes to fill up with electrons, the future Volkswagen ID.2 will not be afraid of long journeysand it will be at least as fast as a 2023 Tesla Model 3 Propulsion.
Be careful though, the basic version, sold for less than 25,000 euros, should be devoid of many options. It is also possible that it is equipped with a smaller battery than the 56 kWh that will allow it to go up to 450 km. We should know more in 2025, when the production model is formalized, before firmly commercializing or in 2026 at the latest. The match promises to be complicated, with the future electric Renault R5 E-Tech on duty… in the shadow of the future, but a hypothetical Tesla Model 2.
Now that we’ve set the stage, it’s your turn to give us your feedback. Will an electric car sold for less than 25,000 euros with a range of 450 km and a recharge in 20 minutes be enough to make you forget about the gasoline or diesel car?
25,000 euros for 450 km of autonomy: can that be enough to make you buy an electric car?
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