“We can shrink the MEB architecture with less content to get the cost down,” Volkswagen brand chief Ralf Brandstätter told Car.
It’s believed the ID.1 and ID.2 will be available with 24kWh and 36kWh battery pack options – the larger option offering roughly 300km of driving range.
Above: Volkswagen ID.3
Volkswagen is confident the ID.1 could be offered for sub-€20,000 (AU$36,540) and be launched in 2023. There is no price point speculated for the ID.2 yet, however the model is expected to launch the following year in 2024.
The German marque has also brought forward its initiative to sell a million electric vehicles by 2025, aiming instead to reach the goal by 2023.
It's too early to say whether the ID.1 and ID.2 will see Australian shores, particularly as they have not yet been announced. A Volkswagen Australia spokesperson told CarAdvice today: "it's desirable to start with an SUV [in the Australian market]. The first ID car is a long way from decided."