AlphaLuxe at Volkswagen ID. SPACE VIZZION Premiere at Petersen Auto Museum

11/24/2019
Michael Gallardo

Ever imagine what it would look like if the Audi RS6 Avant had a hipster eco-friendly cousin?  Hopefully you didn’t imagine that.  But if you did, then your imagination may have come to life.  The Volkswagen ID. SPACE VIZZION is the seventh installment in the ID electric concept vehicle series from Volkswagen and made its world premiere at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles.

Volkswagen ID Space Vizzion concept car

VW ID. SPACE VIZZION all-electric concept wagon (photo by Daniel Gallardo)

Volkswagen's Klaus Bischoff and Scott Keogh

Klaus Bischoff, VW Head of Design & Executive Director (left) and Scott Keogh, CEO & President of VW Group of America and head of VW brand in North America (right), unveil the ID. SPACE VIZZION at the Petersen Automotive Museum (photo by Daniel Gallardo)

Although the ID. BUGGY is by far the coolest out of the bunch, the ID. SPACE VIZZION is definitely in the running for second, right with the ID. BUZZ.  We have enough manufacturers trying to make batteries die fast in order to achieve uncomfortable acceleration times, so it’s good to see that someone is taking initiative with the design aspect on these EVs.

VW ID. BUGGY concept car

VW ID. BUGGY concept car was unveiled in March 2019 (photo by Daniel Gallardo)

VW ID. BUZZ

VW ID. BUZZ (right) was unveiled in 2017 (photo by Volkswagen)

Don’t let all of these designs fool you.  Volkswagen isn’t just throwing these on the wall to see which ones stick.  Their vehicle designers have seriously outdone themselves.  They say they will be offering 20 different EV models when said and done.  Impressive?  Maybe.  Overwhelming?  Definitely.  It makes sense though, as they plan on being fully electric by 2050.

On a side note, this debut of the ID. SPACE VIZZION coincided with the Petersen Auto Museum’s partnership with Volkswagen and their “Building an Electric Future” exhibit.  Visitors to the Petersen will be able to tour a 5-room interactive exhibit showcasing VW’s plans in becoming the foremost producer of electric vehicles.  “Building an Electric Future” will be on display through September 2022.

Volkswagen ID Space Vizzion profile

VW ID. SPACE VIZZION profile pic (photo by Daniel Gallardo)

Now back to the car, the ID. SPACE VIZZION isn’t just a looker.  She is functional and highly efficient.  To be specific, the ID. SPACE VIZZION holds a drag coefficient of only 0.24, which allows it to achieve 300 miles of range on an 82 kWh lithium-ion battery, with a 0-60 mph in 5.0 seconds.  80% battery charge is achieved in 30-minutes with DC fast charging.

The Volkswagen Group modular electric drive matrix MEB platform (german for Modularer E-Antriebs-Baukasten) that VW prides themselves on allows for this battery to power a single rear motor and keep a close-to-perfect 50-50 weight distribution.

Volkswagen ID Space Vizzion battery platform

A look at the Volkswagen ID. SPACE VIZZION modular electric drive matrix platform (photo by Daniel Gallardo)

Volkswagen ID Space Vizzion MEB platform

The VW ID. electric concept cars all utilize this modular electric drive matrix MEB (photo by Daniel Gallardo)

Volkswagen ID Space Vizzion tail lights & DC Fast Charging port

Rear tail lights & DC Fast Charging port of the VW ID. SPACE VIZZION (photo by Daniel Gallardo)

The interior is slightly futuristic, yet seems to be realistic for something that we could see in production cars soon.  Illuminated touch surfaces make up the infotainment system, the steering wheel, and even the door handles.  These surfaces are pretty neat, but buttons and knobs would have sufficed.  I see the potential of the touch surfaces becoming faulty during ownership of the car.

A feature that I’m certain will make it past the concept stage is the “leather” made from apples.  Yes, leftover apple peels will be saving cows one seat at a time.

Volkswagen ID Space Vizzion interior and cockpit

VW ID. SPACE VIZZION interior and cockpit with 15.6″ display (photo by Daniel Gallardo)

Volkswagen ID Space Vizzion dashboard

VW ID. SPACE VIZZION dashboard (photo by Daniel Gallardo)

Volkswagen ID Space Vizzion steering wheel

VW ID. SPACE VIZZION steering wheel with touch sensor buttons (photo by Daniel Gallardo)

Volkswagen ID Space Vizzion rear passenger seats

Simple elegant futuristic design of the VW ID. SPACE VIZZION rear passenger quilted seats (photo by Daniel Gallardo)

Volkswagen ID Space Vizzion driver side door handle

Quilted side door panel & touch sensors of the driver side door handle (photo by Daniel Gallardo)

The underside of the trunk floor also houses a pair of blue-wheeled electric skateboards & helmets for any last-mile traveling such as going from parking lot to tennis courts.

Volkswagen ID Space Vizzion electric skateboards in the trunk floor underside

A pair of electric skateboards in the trunk come with the VW ID. SPACE VIZZION (photo by Daniel Gallardo)

All of that is cool, but here is where I’m not sold: all of this just feels like an apology.  Sure, they’re doing a stand-up job of this apology.  I will ignore the fact that I felt slightly insulted when they showed a stat that said, “87% of millennials are willing to pay more for ethical brands when making purchase decisions.”  It’s almost as if the executives had a meeting and said something along the lines of “Let’s start doing eco-friendly crap with these cars and they’ll have to buy them for more money…” then again, that’s just business.

I just don’t think they needed to rework the entire lineup.  Why not?  Well, I just don’t see where all 20 million batteries from the MEB-based vehicles are going to end up.  Isn’t the whole point of these things to save the environment from pollution?  I’m starting to have #Dieselgate flashbacks… remember that fiasco?  Back in 2015, the EPA discovered that Volkswagen was tuning their diesel cars to activate emissions controls only during lab testing; while in reality, the cars were found to be releasing up to 40 times more pollution than when they were tested in the lab.  Maybe I’m just a skeptic who can’t put aside an obsession for burning dinosaurs.  But maybe, there is a solution here.

Maybe, everyone deserves a second chance.

Volkswagen ID Space Vizzion wheels

Close-up of the VW ID. SPACE VIZZION wheels (photo by Daniel Gallardo)

 


Primary Author’s Biography

Michael Gallardo found interest in cars at around 6 years old. Going to the drag strip to watch NHRA races and riding in his Dad’s VW Beetle were the earliest memories that he can credit his passion to.  A year after high school, Michael bought his first car, a 1986 Porsche 944.  Ever since then, he has been switching it up and trying to experience all of the cars that he possibly can.  Interests include watching Formula 1, going to the shooting range, collecting watches, trying new places to eat, and an occasional round of golf.

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