Volkswagen reveals electric intentions at Frankfurt Motor Show

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In an attempt to give Volkswagen a new identity the company has accelerated the development of new generation electric vehicles.

VOLKSWAGEN will flick the switch on its electric revolution within the next three years and has a line up of zero emission models in the wings. Though the number has fallen 10% from the previous show in 2015, 228 new vehicles and technologies will be on display for the first time. Underscoring that similarity, Volkswagen, like BMW, employs the anomalous "four-door coupe" term to describe this latest CROZZ, and characterized this version as closer to production than its predecessor.

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At the Frankfurt show this morning Jaguar sought to un the ante with the launch of a racing version of its new EV-powered I-Pace SUV in a bid to create the world's first production car-based EV racing championship. The SUV gets various design changes to the front and rear ends of the concept auto that is painted in "Hibiscus Red Metallic". The company is also looking into longer life auto batteries that could in the future offer a driving range of over 370 miles in one charge. As before, B-pillars were omitted, and in place of conventional swinging rear doors, the rear items are sliding ones; together with the conventionally-opening front doors, they provide a wide enough aperture to accommodate a bicycle with no trouble, says Volkswagen. The I.D. Crozz was revealed to the public for the first time on Monday.

Adding urgency to the push for electric cars, China over the weekend became the latest country to announce intentions to phase-out fossil-fuel powered vehicles, following the lead of the United Kingdom and France, which have outlined bans on combustion-engine models by 2040. The front doors will open conventionally and the rear doors will slide. Range is quoted as being 310 miles (500km) on the NEDC cycle. The vehicle will also have a system that monitors air quality inside the cabin. The full-charge driving range is 500km, with recharging to 80 per cent taking just 30 minutes with fast-charging. The I.D. concept cars share the new "all-electric architecture" which is a common platform and will be used by all Volkswagen owned companies.

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