One of the things that has held back the adoption of electric vehicles in the past has been the lack of variety. Before electric trucks appeared, most electric vehicle models were economy cars, along with a few luxury sedans and crossovers following Tesla’s recipe. It’s pretty clear that things have changed, and two of Volkswagen’s latest concepts show it’s going to continue to give potential EV buyers the variety they crave.
Performance on the road from VW
Volkswagen unveiled the ID.5 “Xcite” a few weeks ago. This car is a one-of-a-kind product created by Volkswagen’s three factories in Saxony: Zwickau, Dresden and Chemnitz. For a year, fourteen of the best aspiring specialists worked on a project to show their abilities with great creativity and responsibility under the guidance of experts – from the initial design to the technological commissioning through the adaptation of bodywork and paint.
The main focus of this year’s project was holistic mobility, which is reflected in the design of the car by the vegan leather in the interior. The ID.5 GTX “Xcite” is already equipped with an electric skateboard for the last meters to the driver’s destination. This is the eighth such project completed since 2014.
“The ID.5 ‘Xcite’ is a real eye-catcher. The whole team deserves a word of praise. said Jens Rothe, Chairman of the General Works Council of Volkswagen Sachsen. “The project is an impressive demonstration of the skills of the young specialists. At Volkswagen in Saxony, we currently have 573 apprentices and young people on work-study contracts. For us, quality training is not only necessary, but also part of our social responsibility.
The Xcite show vehicle is based on the standard ID.5 GTX02 with an 82 kWh battery and a top speed of 180 kilometers per hour. Apprentices shaped their young ideas after seeing this car. They brought their skills in mechanics, bodywork and painting to the design and realization of the project. The project was based on careful planning and extensive collaboration between the young people, who worked independently.
Exterior modifications included a complete bodywork overhaul. The wheel arches have been rebuilt, the width of the door sill has been improved and the front and rear fenders have been updated. The automobile is painted in a matte/gloss color combination from the Lamborghini and Volkswagen paint libraries. Individually produced 22-inch forged aluminum wheels have a high-gloss finish and create a stunning presence.
The interior was decked out in both Alcantara and vegan leather, making a statement of durability. The cockpit, steering wheel, door trim and roof lining have been upgraded. The seats themselves are eye-catching. Saddlers have created a complete and continuous design based on the ID honeycomb. On the central parts of the seats and door trim, the project logo was embroidered. This symbolizes the number of projects completed to date by combining the ID logo with a number 8.
“For me, this project was really something quite special: working as a team to achieve a goal, combining several different disciplines and working under real conditions such as budgeting, planning and implementation.” said Duncan Loibl, a young electronics technician who worked on the project. “Due to Covid and the temporary delivery bottlenecks, we had to overcome a number of obstacles as a team. We are all the more proud of our car and the knowledge we have acquired. I am grateful for this experience and for the opportunity to participate in the ID.5 GTX ‘Xcite’ project.“
The car has a digital audio system created by the project team with equipment from Gladen, Musway and Bang & Olufsen, with 10 amplifiers, a subwoofer and a total output of 2000 watts. The Teamgee H5 electric skateboard is also parked in the trunk, an added bonus for the last few meters between the parking lot and the driver’s destination.
This vehicle was part of an annual car design and modification program used to train Volkswagen’s rising stars. Something similar has been done every year except 2020, due to the COVID pandemic.
An all-terrain concept for a different audience
On-road tuner cars aren’t everyone’s cup of tea. Many people want to go on an off-road adventure to see the backcountry. Another Volkswagen project also aims to impress us.
This isn’t VW’s first off-road ID.4. Last year, the company modified an ID.4 to compete in the punishing Baja 1000 race, and it survived the segments it entered. Changes were made to the suspension and radiator, along with more skid plate protection for the underside of the vehicle. You can read all about this car here.
“The Modular Electric Drive Matrix (MEB) has enormous technical potential,” says Silke Bagschik, MEB Product Line Manager. “For many of our customers, vehicles are more than just a means of transportation. With ID. XTREME, we take electric mobility from VW to a new level of performance.
The new ID.XTREME is a one-of-a-kind off-road car that will turn heads with its rugged looks and exceptional power. Its rear axle has been upgraded for high performance, and the drive control unit has been adapted accordingly, increasing system power by 65kW to a whopping 285kW – around 30% more than the ‘ID.4 GTX! “The ID. XTREME is made by enthusiasts at Volkswagen for ID. enthusiasts here in Locarno. We are really looking forward to hearing how electromobility fans react to the vehicle. Based on feedback from our community, we will decide how to continue the project”, adds Silke Bagschik.
With its raised rally running gear, 18-inch off-road wheels, modified crash element with additional front bumper and 50mm wider fenders (all 3D printed), the exterior of the VW ID. XTREME shows it’s ready for any off-road adventure. The roof bars with additional LED lights and the completely enclosed aluminum underbody also equip this fully electric all-wheel drive vehicle for excursions away from paved roads.
The ID.XTREME concept car not only looks unique, it also sounds unique. The driving noise was developed in partnership with Volkswagen Design and is emitted outwards via a sound generator in the wheel arch. Inside, you will be impressed by various highlights like Alcantara applications on the seats and other elements in an orange accent color.
Like the ID.Xcite on the road, Volkswagen unveiled the XTREME at the ID. Treffen in Locarno. This event took place from September 6-10 and could become a regular annual event for VW EV enthusiasts.
All images (including featured image) courtesy of Volkswagen.
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