New Volkswagen ID. Life concept previews affordable electric car

The ID. Life has a 248-mile range, a detachable roof and previews a £17,000 small electric car that VW will launch in 2025.

  • Air filled detachable roof 
  • 248-mile range  
  • Previews a crossover style small production car 

Volkswagen has revealed its latest electric concept car, the ID. Life, at the Munich Motor Show. The ID. Life previews a new small VW electric car that the brand says will be priced from 20,000 euros (£17,000) when it eventually hits showrooms. The production version of the ID. Life will sit beneath the ID.3 in Volkswagen’s electric vehicle range and will probably be released with the ID.1 or ID.2 badge in 2025. 

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The ID. Life has a 172kW electric motor with 213bhp which propels the car from 0-62mph in 6.9 seconds, the same time as the BMW i3s. Volkswagen says the 57kWh battery will deliver a range of 248 miles and the ability to add up to 100 miles of range in a 10 minute charge. 

Volkswagen CEO Ralf Brandstatter describes the ID. Life as a “VW for a younger generation” and the car lives up to this billing in a number of ways. Key among these is the use of sustainable materials such as the clear paintwork finish that’s made from wood chips with an organic hardener and the tyres made from bio-oil, natural rubber and rice husks. 

The design features an air filled bonnet and roof made from recycled plastic bottles which are attached to the car via zips. This means a section of the roof can be removed to give the car an open top. In terms of size, the five-door ID. Life is slightly longer than the VW Polo supermini but the electric powertrain has allowed the designers to make the most of the interior space. 

Practicality can often be an issue with small cars but the all-electric ID. Life shows off the additional passenger and storage space that electric vehicles can provide. The boot is the same size as a Fiat Panda’s with 225 litres of space but the ID. Life has an extra 108 litres of room beneath the boot floor and a further 68 litres of luggage capacity under the bonnet. 

In the cabin there is a wood dashboard with a nine-inch screen and eco-velour fabric on the two bench seats and doors. The door pockets feature wireless charging for smartphones and the door mirrors are replaced by side cameras. When the ID. Life is parked there is a retractable projection screen that can be used for movies and video games.

Read our reviews of the VW ID.3 and ID.4 here

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