Volkswagen introduced the ID. Roomzz, a full-size SUV concept that previews an all-electric vehicle the company plans to sell globally, at Auto Shanghai 2019.
The first production model will go on sale in China in 2021, with other markets scheduled to get the EV in 2022.
There will be one Roomzz model sold around the world, with only minor changes based on specific regulations in each market, said Ralf Dennissen, a VW spokesman.
“I don’t think it will be dramatically different between markets,” he said. “Scaling up, having a certain uniformity is important.”
Volkswagen plans to develop and sell a variety of electric vehicles and has said it wants to be fully CO2-neutral by 2050, Dennissen said. After building EVs like the E-Golf off of existing internal combustion engine platforms, VW designed an all-electric platform for the Roomzz and other recent ID.-branded electric vehicles.
“We learned very quickly that if you want to be efficient, both in range and cost, to bring it to the masses, you have to make an electric-only platform,” Dennissen said.
The production model based on the Roomzz will not be the first electric SUV VW will sell in China. A mid-size SUV based on the I.D. Crozz will go on sale in Europe at the end of 2019 and in China at the end of 2020.
“The Roomzz is, currently, the biggest application on this platform that is in our planning. It’s a full-size SUV” that can easily be configured with seven seats, Dennissen said.
The ID. Roomzz concept has an estimated range of 295 miles on China’s NEDC scale and can be recharged to 80 percent of its full battery capacity in about 30 minutes using 150-kW DC Fast Charging. Two electric motors, one on each axle, offer a total system output of 302 horsepower. The ID. Roomzz can accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in 6.6 seconds and has an electronically limited top speed of 112 miles per hour.
The concept is also ready for advanced levels of autonomous driving. The required sensors can be installed in the production version if government regulation allow vehicles with the technology on the road.
“As a platform, hardwarewise, we’re ready for it,” Dennissen said.