Ever imagine what it would look like if the Audi RS6 Avant had a hipster eco-friendly cousin? Hopefully you didn’t imagine that. But if you did, then your imagination may have come to life. The Volkswagen ID. SPACE VIZZION is the seventh installment in the ID electric concept vehicle series from Volkswagen and made its world premiere at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles.
Although the ID. BUGGY is by far the coolest out of the bunch, the ID. SPACE VIZZION is definitely in the running for second, right with the ID. BUZZ. We have enough manufacturers trying to make batteries die fast in order to achieve uncomfortable acceleration times, so it’s good to see that someone is taking initiative with the design aspect on these EVs.
Don’t let all of these designs fool you. Volkswagen isn’t just throwing these on the wall to see which ones stick. Their vehicle designers have seriously outdone themselves. They say they will be offering 20 different EV models when said and done. Impressive? Maybe. Overwhelming? Definitely. It makes sense though, as they plan on being fully electric by 2050.
On a side note, this debut of the ID. SPACE VIZZION coincided with the Petersen Auto Museum’s partnership with Volkswagen and their “Building an Electric Future” exhibit. Visitors to the Petersen will be able to tour a 5-room interactive exhibit showcasing VW’s plans in becoming the foremost producer of electric vehicles. “Building an Electric Future” will be on display through September 2022.
Now back to the car, the ID. SPACE VIZZION isn’t just a looker. She is functional and highly efficient. To be specific, the ID. SPACE VIZZION holds a drag coefficient of only 0.24, which allows it to achieve 300 miles of range on an 82 kWh lithium-ion battery, with a 0-60 mph in 5.0 seconds. 80% battery charge is achieved in 30-minutes with DC fast charging.
The Volkswagen Group modular electric drive matrix MEB platform (german for Modularer E-Antriebs-Baukasten) that VW prides themselves on allows for this battery to power a single rear motor and keep a close-to-perfect 50-50 weight distribution.
The interior is slightly futuristic, yet seems to be realistic for something that we could see in production cars soon. Illuminated touch surfaces make up the infotainment system, the steering wheel, and even the door handles. These surfaces are pretty neat, but buttons and knobs would have sufficed. I see the potential of the touch surfaces becoming faulty during ownership of the car.
A feature that I’m certain will make it past the concept stage is the “leather” made from apples. Yes, leftover apple peels will be saving cows one seat at a time.
The underside of the trunk floor also houses a pair of blue-wheeled electric skateboards & helmets for any last-mile traveling such as going from parking lot to tennis courts.
All of that is cool, but here is where I’m not sold: all of this just feels like an apology. Sure, they’re doing a stand-up job of this apology. I will ignore the fact that I felt slightly insulted when they showed a stat that said, “87% of millennials are willing to pay more for ethical brands when making purchase decisions.” It’s almost as if the executives had a meeting and said something along the lines of “Let’s start doing eco-friendly crap with these cars and they’ll have to buy them for more money…” then again, that’s just business.
I just don’t think they needed to rework the entire lineup. Why not? Well, I just don’t see where all 20 million batteries from the MEB-based vehicles are going to end up. Isn’t the whole point of these things to save the environment from pollution? I’m starting to have #Dieselgate flashbacks… remember that fiasco? Back in 2015, the EPA discovered that Volkswagen was tuning their diesel cars to activate emissions controls only during lab testing; while in reality, the cars were found to be releasing up to 40 times more pollution than when they were tested in the lab. Maybe I’m just a skeptic who can’t put aside an obsession for burning dinosaurs. But maybe, there is a solution here.
Maybe, everyone deserves a second chance.
Primary Author’s Biography
Michael Gallardo found interest in cars at around 6 years old. Going to the drag strip to watch NHRA races and riding in his Dad’s VW Beetle were the earliest memories that he can credit his passion to. A year after high school, Michael bought his first car, a 1986 Porsche 944. Ever since then, he has been switching it up and trying to experience all of the cars that he possibly can. Interests include watching Formula 1, going to the shooting range, collecting watches, trying new places to eat, and an occasional round of golf.