Autocar reveals official sketches of the Volks-Elektro-Wagen and possibly a name: EV

Autocar has revealed moments ago official sketches of the new electric car concept from Volkswagen. And it has called the car EV. We are not sure if it is just a way to refer to the concept, as we are calling it Volks-Elektro-Wagen, or if Volkswagen has really made this amazing creative effort to name its car. We’ll know that in a few days, but there is very little to know on the appearance of the concept after the sketches appeared. Have a look at them.

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As we have anticipated, the car mixes round and square lines, as an offspring from the Beetle and the Golf. We do not have any idea on what the 4 round blue circles indicate. Would they be recharging outlets?

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The EV concept will have regular doors at the front and sliding doors on the back. According to Autocar, the production version will have a steel stamped body. None of the aluminium or carbon fiber that is present on the BMW i models, for example. And it makes perfect sense: Volkswagen has a huge investment in stamping machinery to give it up now, especially in a high volume product, as the EV is intended to be. Volkswagen aims to sell 1 million electric cars by 2025.

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The EV is said to be as long as the Golf, but with an interior room that is comparable to that of the Passat. Mostly because of the MEB platform and the lack of a front or rear engine, such as the Chevrolet Bolt. They will be placed on the axles, saving space for cargo or passengers.

The EV range is estimated to reach 400 km. And it should preserve the same appearance of the concept when it reaches production, apart from minor tweaks.

Gustavo Henrique Ruffo

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