See the VW I.D. Crozz at the LA Auto Show 2017

See the VW I.D. Crozz at the LA Auto Show 2017



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Today VW launched the I.D. Crozz Concept EV at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The German automaker aims to be the global leader in electric mobility with the release of 15 different VW EVs globally by 2025.

The I.D. Crozz is an all-electric compact SUV, first unveiled in April at the Shanghai Auto Show, sized similarly to the 2018 Tiguan in a four-door coupe shape, with the interior space of a mid-size SUV. According to President and CEO of Volkswagen Group of America, Hinrich J. Woebcken “The I.D. CROZZ-based electric vehicle will be an affordable and stylish electric SUV—and there is more to come!”. The I.D. Crozz will precede the VW I.D. Buzz which is expected in 2022.


I.D. Crozz Drivetrain

The 300 miles (480km) I.D.CROZZ is equipped with an  83-kWh lithium-ion battery and two electric motors, one on each axle. The 4MOTION enabled drivetrain provides a combined power of 302hp and uses the rear motor with 201hp as the primary driving force and the front motor with 101 horsepower automatically engage when needed for traction, or it can be switched on for off-road use or snowy conditions.

All Volkswagen I.D. vehicles I.D. CROZZ can recharge 80 percent of its energy in 30 minutes via a 150 kWh DC fast charger.


I.D. Crozz Style and Design

The I.D. Crozz engages with its occupants by greeting its driver and passengers with a 360-degree light show. When the electric doors are opened, the sensor fields pulsate.

The front doors of the I.D. Crozz open to an unusually wide 90 degrees. The rear doors open via a sliding action allowing the owner to carry a bicycle sideways behind the front seats. The rear seats offer legroom that’s comparable to a luxury car’s and fold up when needed for storage.

The interior of the I.D. CROZZ uses an “Open Space” design concept to create an airy, flexible cabin with lounge-like amenities, from the Alcantara-covered quilted seating surfaces to the motion-controlled virtual light shade—a feature of the panoramic glass roof that uses LED strips to illuminate the interior.

The I.D. CROZZ is controlled with the electrically adjustable and retractable multifunction steering wheel, an Active Info Display, an electronic rear-view mirror (e-Mirror), an augmented reality heads-up display and digital door panels. Features in the I.D. Crozz is operated by voice and gesture control, touch displays or capacitive button fields. The middle of the instrument panel features a 10.2-inch touch tablet that handles infotainment, HVAC, and communications functions.

With the help of “Smart Lights,” the driver gets visual cues in the form of interactive light signals in navigation and potentially hazardous situations. For example, if the vehicle detects a pedestrian on the right side of the car the Smart Light flashes a red signal from this direction.SEE THE VW I.D. CROZZ IN LA - DUE 2020 IN USA

VW Self-driving system

The I.D. Crozz concept features Volkswagens self-driving system, the I.D. Pilot, but vehicle owners will have to wait to experience the I.D.Pilot which will only be deployed from 2025. The voice-controlled I.D. Pilot uses four laser scanners that pop up from the roof, as well as ultrasonic and radar sensors, side area view cameras and a front camera. The ambient lighting in the I.D. CROZZ is light blue, while in automated I.D. Pilot mode the lighting switches to red.







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VW and JAC create electric vehicle joint venture for China

VW and JAC create electric vehicle joint venture for China

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On the 1st of June 2017, VW and JAC signed a joint venture agreement to develop mass market electric vehicles in China. The agreement received the political support of both the German and Chinese Governments as it was signed in the presence of Chancellor Angela Merkel and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang. Although the agreement was negotiated over a period of time it is significant that it was signed on the same day that Donald Trump took the USA out of the climate accord agreed in Paris 2015 in a move alienating the USA from the rest of the world.

VW and JAC will each hold 50% in the JV enterprise to develop, produce and market electric vehicles and mobility services with a key focus on mass market EVs over a 25 year period. The JV has already received a production certificate for 100,000 units last week as required by new Chinese regulations created in 2016 to regulate the EV sector. The value of the prospective 100,000 unit plant is set at $740million. VW has been operating in China since 1984 through partnerships with FAW, SAIC, and JAC and plans to deliver 400,000 electric vehicles to the Chinese market in 2020 and 1.5 million electric vehicles in 2025 as part of its electric vehicle strategy, named “TOGETHER – Strategy 2025”. It is planned that the new joint venture with JAC should produce its first jointly developed electric vehicle in 2018. The terms of the partnership according to a VW press release is as follows:

The agreement provides for the construction of a further factory as well as a research and development center. The joint venture also includes the development and production of components for new energy vehicles (NEV), the development of vehicle connectivity and automotive data services. In addition, it is intended that the joint venture should establish new used vehicle platforms and engage in all related business activities.

JAC Motors, China’s 10th largest auto manufacturer is a state-owned enterprise officially know as Anhui Jianghuai Automobile Co. Ltd and situated in Hefei, Anhui Province, close the larger Chery Auto. JAC Motors crafted its strategy for the electric vehicle segment, named “The Pure Electric Vehicle Development Plan” in 2002, making JAC an early mover in China and one of the most popular brands. In 2012 the company held the Top 1 position in China and thereby gaining the Top 3 place globally. At 2016 the company sold 22,000 new energy vehicles, bolstering it to showcase the largest range of electric vehicles at the Beijing Auto Show in 2015. JAC has also recently partnered with Carlos Sim to build vehicles in Mexico, taking advantage from Donald Trumps isolating policies there.Volkswagen Konzern und Anhui Jianghuai Automobile (JAC) streben gemeinsame Entwicklung von E-Fahrzeugen in China an

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Skoda announces Electric Vehicle strategy

Skoda announces Electric Vehicle strategy

Skoda announces Electric Vehicle strategy. The Volkswagen company, headquartered in the Czech Republic, will release its electromobility strategy, called the Vision E Concept at the Shanghai Motor Show in April 2017. Skoda is the last if the Volkswagen Group of companies to unveil its electric vehicle strategy. The company benefits from research and development of the Volkswagen Group and will build its electric vehicles on the German automakers MEB Platform.

Skoda’s strategy will kick-off with a plug-in hybrid vehicle in 2019, the ŠKODA SUPERB PHEV. The company will produce five fully electric vehicles by 2025. The Skoda Vision E will include self-driving technology and be classified as a Level 3 Autonomous vehicle, inline with the company’s expectation that 15% of all vehicle to be self-driving by 2030.

The specifications for the Vision E Concept, a five-door SUV are as follows:

  • An electric range of 500km / 312 miles;
  • Level 3 self-driving capability;
  • Dimensions:
    • 4,645mm long,
    • 1,917mm wide,
    • 1,550mm tall
  • System Output 0f 225kW
  • Top Speed of 180km/h / 112mph
  • Two electric engines, four wheel drive.

The new strategy is a deviation from the strategy announced at the Geneva Motor Show in 2016, named the Vision S. The Vision S was based on a PHEV version of the SKODA KODIAQ, a six-passenger SUV with the full-electric version expected in 2020.

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A summary of autonomous vehicle testing in 2016 on California’s public roads

A summary of autonomous vehicle testing in 2016 on California’s public roads

The race for self-driving cars began in all earnest in 2015 with Tesla aggressively leading the pack at the end of 2016. Tesla’s CEO, Elon Musk, is of the opinion that current hardware is already sufficient to allow Level 5 automation (full automation) as set by SAE International, an engineering association. KPMG in its 2017 Global Automotive Executive Outlook found that 37% of auto executives rated the self-driving trend as extremely important. The initial front-runner for the technology, Google Auto (now Waymo) has changed strategy from developing a car to developing systems and rather partnering with automakers than building its own car. Other than Tesla, who develop and test on the go with incremental software upgrades. Google and most other contenders are developing solutions in closed environments while being permitted to test on public roads in States such as California, Michigan, and Illinois. By late 2016 a total of 20 companies has received permits from the California Department of Motor Vehicles (CA DMV).

According to the regulations, each permit holder must annually file a disengagement report, reflecting the number of events where a driver essentially has to take over from the vehicle’s autonomous mode to either prevent a traffic incident or where the system fails. These submissions allow the public who is interested what is happening in the automaker’s self-driving test some insights, outside from what the marketing departments feed the media. Although a total of 20 permits have been granted by the end of 2016, only ten companies have conducted public tests or filed reports for the period. Here follows a summary of the reports filed by the various companies for their testing on Califonia’s public roads for the period December 2015 to November 2016. For comparison purposes, we converted the result to indicate the amount of disengagements per 1,000 miles, a measurement used by Waymo in a recent post by its Head of Self-Driving Technology, Dmitri Dolgov.

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Comparing disengagement results per 1,000 miles above shows, bar Tesla’s customers who have clocked over 300 million miles on Autopilot (Level 2 Automation) as at November 2016, it is clear that Waymo is aggressively accelerating its learning and showing the results for it compared to the other brands with projects on Californian roads. One must, however, take into consideration that comparing the different disengagement reports is not truly comparing apples to apples. Ford’s testing, for instance, was only on the stretch of Interstate 10 between Los Angeles and Arizona. The companies also have different strategies. Tesla aims to have level 5 automation as soon as possible while companies such as Ford aims to have autonomous vehicles for ride-hailing and sharing services only from 2021 onwards, influencing the difficulty grade of testing. To further try and unravel each company’s testing program we delve deeper into their submitted reports below.