Volkswagen's electric SUV is starting to loom over the industry.
Volkswagen is betting big on electric vehicles. For that commitment to succeed, the German automaker is going to need an all-electric crossover. The foundations have been laid, and in a recent press release, Volkswagen has made sure to remind us it is positively, definitely, absolutely going to be revealing one in 2020. Following the launch of the ID.3, Volkswagen plans to show us the production version of the curiously named ID. Crozz. It's unlikely it will make it to market with a name that sounds like someone slurring the word 'cross,' and we'll probably see it here in the US as the ID.4.
Despite looking like Volkswagen has been in a hurry to pivot to its electric future mantra as a way of getting Dieselgate behind the brand, the German automaker has been laying the groundwork to go electric for some time. This month Volkswagen sold its 250,000th vehicle with an electric motor since 2013. The most popular electric-powered model is the Volkswagen e-Golf with 104,000 units sold, and the 250,000th vehicle was, in fact, a Pure White e-Golf sold in Wolfsburg, Germany. The e-Golf is being retired, though, and will be replaced by the ID.3 electric hatch next year that will ride on the VW's MEB platform.
The ID. Crozz, which we saw first as a concept in 2017, will also ride on the MEB platform. The plan is for it to be built in the company's factory in Zwickau, China, alongside the ID.3 that is already in production. The US version will be built in Chattanooga, Tennessee, once Volkswagen has finished its investment of $800 million in the plant. The two electric vehicles will become Volkswagen's core electric products as it aims to sell one million electric cars by the end of 2023.
On top of that, the brand is also planning to have its battery cell factory online at the end of 2023 and has partnered with the Swedish battery manufacturer Northvolt for the venture.