Volkswagen Plans To Debut Electric Car In 2020 That Doubles Current Range

September 30, 2016

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Volkswagen has just announced the 2020 production of the Volkswagen I.D., a poorly named electric vehicle that looks like a Mac mouse and has an estimated single-charge range of 373 miles. For reference, most existing electric vehicles have a range of less than 100 miles except for Tesla models, which can get 200+ and cost accordingly. My bike? My bike can go about four miles on a single Whopper Jr. combo from Burger King before I need a nap.

As for the price, Volkswagen says it will have a price on the level of today's Golf Diesel with comparable power. That's less than $30,000 in the U.S., though we don't know whether that's before or after tax credit.

You know what we should be developing instead of electric cars? Affordable and efficient jetpacks. Nothing screams the future louder like jetpacks. And nobody screams jetpacks louder than myself. Check it: *clears throat* PEENIIIIISSSSS!! Wait, hold up, let me get a do-over. Actually, no, I was happy with that. Impressive right? I've got some pipes.

Keep going for a video unveiling of the vehicle at the recent Paris Motor Show.

Thanks to Dunc, who's holding out for an electric car that can go cross-country on a single charge, that way if you're a hitman you don't have to risk stopping at gas stations where you could be caught on camera or identified. Smart. Just how many people have you killed anyways?

  • Zachary Zarko

    It vill be a real people's car. Mein Fuhrer has commanded it - und ve haf veys of making you buy one.

  • hovnik

    Doesn't the current P100D have a range of 315 miles? Lying already...

  • G-man

    2020? OMG, better late than never...

  • logiclaser5000

    It will double the range in tests, but in "road mode" will actually half it...

  • DeksamTorrac

    The design looks pretty gay.
    At least the Tesla company knew better then to design that typically gay electric car look.

    But in order for this electric car idea to be viable they need a mass network of energy stations that can swap out the used universal battery for a charged one in less then a minute and so you only pay for the charge and nothing else.

    But really batteries don't work to well in colder climates, as the heater sucks the juice big time, so if your car goes dead in the freezing winter and you are not able to get the car charged before the big batteries freeze. You will have a huge bill to pay.

  • Jeffrey Lee Virgin

    Only a 12 year old would use the word "gay" that way. Grow up.

  • DeksamTorrac

    Your comment was extra GAY!
    Go run to your safe spaces bitches.

  • KungFuTreachery

    Cut him some slack, he's obviously trying to cope with his latent homosexuality by lashing out.

  • Clipper44

    Say bye bye to Tesla.. they're not even close to profitable now, and they never will be once the luxe makers release electrics over the next few years.

  • Tesla is the fastest growing automotive company in the world. They are the #1 most innovative company on the planet, per Forbes. Their latest vehicle had 325,000 preorders in one week. The biggest car companies in the world have already been making electrics for years and Tesla still has the #2 selling plugin of all time. They are expected to be profitable in the next 16-20 months. They are also building the largest factory in the world to make their super efficient batteries.

    I mean... they could be doing worse.

  • Clipper44

    All fair points.. except they're cash poor and burning money every second of the day.. and about to have YUGE amounts of competition from Audi, Porsche, BMW, etc etc.

    As far as preorders go, so? The Model 3 isn't even out yet and it'll be a decade before those non-binding orders get filled.

  • LOL

    From the people who institutionally fabricated their emissions tests and only stopped when people found out. I bet they won't fabricate their mileage results though, because I have total trust in their integrity.

  • GeneralDisorder

    That's marginally more difficult to fudge. What they might do is release fake specs for the battery. The Tesla pack is 60-100 kWh depending on the model you buy. And the range is 208 to 315 miles.

    So VW wants to hit just shy of 400 miles. They could put in a battery pack that's about 120 kWh and advertise it as "only 100 kWh" and claim that they can outrange the Tesla at a lower price. By 2020 batteries should advance more, density will be better, weights will be better. How much we can't predict. They just have to build in some failure part that will need to replaced and will cover the added cost of the extra 20 kWh.

  • Darren

    I "plan" to debut an electric car that octuples the range by 2020!

  • Ollie Williams

    I'm really excited that the major automotive manufacturers are being forced into making long-range electric vehicles, in a large part due to Tesla. With Tesla's release of their battery cell patents (and all other patents), plus their gigantic battery research and development facility, it's a great to see all this happening in my lifetime. Small but significant steps towards a way to be less reliable on fossil fuels. Here in the Pacific Northwest, over 80% of our electricity is generated by water turbines, so it's even better here since we're not burning coal to generate most of our electricity to charge the vehicles.

  • qcp

    Knowing VW it'll still need gas as some sort of "lubricant," about a gallon or so for every 20 miles driven.

  • GeneralDisorder

    That's true but not until the OD hits about 65,000 miles or so. That's when it starts to nickel and dime you.

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