Ford unveils 1st gasoline-electric hybrid

Ford unveils 1st gasoline-electric hybrid

Despite its smaller stature and the fact that it only offers two rear seats, Volkswagen says the I.D. Crozz will have as much interior room as the redesigned 2018 Tiguan, which is almost a foot longer than the current model.

Ford is really going after the NEV market and this week is showcasing the Mondeo Energi, a plug-in hybrid which will feature an electric drive range of up to 50km and will be manufactured by its joint venture Changan Ford.

Thanks to a sizeable 81-kWh lithium-ion battery pack incorporated into the concept's floor, the I.D. Crozz can cover up to 311 miles (500 kilometers) between two charges as per the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) - think about 225-240 mile in the real world.

At the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, Volkswagen promises to present a new electric auto from the future ID range. VW plans to produce the entire range of I.D. electric vehicles for the 2020 model year.

Total sales of a million cars and trucks yearly, for example, would need 80,000 credits that could be created by selling 40,000 plug-in hybrids that get 2 credits each, and even fewer if they are completely electric, he said.

The three I.D. concepts share VW's new Modular Electric Drive vehicle platform, and this one is aimed to satisfy the market demand in the U.S., Europe and China for SUVs.

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Taken together, the electric concept vehicles reflect the company's bid to distance itself from diesel vehicles, which were once its bread and butter but were tarnished during an emissions scandal that undermined the technology's reputation. The self-driving mode is deactivated by touching the steering wheel logo or by pressing the accelerator or brake pedals.

A full charge gives a range in excess of 300 miles - as much as on a petrol-engined auto - and the ID Crozz can be charged up to 80% capacity from a fast charger in just 30 minutes. It's supposed to use augmented reality to feed the driver information, as well as gesture control to navigate that interface.

The I.D. CROZZ actually looks like a less refine version of Audi's own concept, but the latter is actually slated for production in 2019 while VW's all-electric crossover has no production timeline. Meanwhile, a new CleanAir system continually guarantees good air quality in the vehicle - in all outdoor conditions.

On top of that, there are digital door panels for rear-seat occupants that appear to be suspended in midair and are used to operate the electrically actuated doors, the central locking system, and the electric windows. With a well-tuned front-strut/rear-multilink suspension and a 48/52 percent weight distribution, the automaker also claims that handling of the I.D. Crozz is similar in character to that of a GTI. When "I.D. Pilot" is engaged, these "eyes" communicate with other road users. The I.D. Crozz will play a key role in that.

The logo of German vehicle maker Volkswagen is pictured at the company's stand during the Hannover Fair in Hanover, Germany, April 25, 2016.

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