Now, it has shown an update to one of those concepts at the Frankfurt motor show, the Volkswagen ID Crozz utility vehicle that debuted in April at the Shanghai auto show. Though the number has fallen 10% from the previous show in 2015, 228 new vehicles and technologies will be on display for the first time.
The news follows moves from a host of major carmakers to expand their EV offerings, with Volvo, Maserati and Jaguar Land Rover all recently announcing target dates by which they hope to stop producing and selling pure petrol and diesel cars altogether. But the 12 brands under the VW Group umbrella collectively sell many more cars than either Sweden's Volvo or Britain's Jag, so we are still talking about an bad lot of EVs.
"Let me make one thing very clear", he said.
Torque distribution is controlled via an "electric propshaft", effectively a system that can direct power to the front, rear or both motors when needed. Information is provided on the quality of air within the vehicle and on the system's current activity, says Volkswagen.
It is also possible to activate or deactivate the fully automated driving mode "I.D".
The most signifacant change on the new I.D. Crozz II would be its more eye catching color, Hibiscus Red Metallic, contrasted by a silver roof.
The I.D. Crozz is part of the I.D. family of vehicles that Volkswagen has been showing at recent Motor shows over the past year. Top speed is a claimed 180 km/h, while overall range on a full charge goes up to 500 km on the NEDC cycle. The battery pack can be charged to 80 per cent capacity in 30 minutes using a fast-charger system.
Up to the point it admitted in 2015 to cheating on diesel emissions tests in the U.S., Volkswagen was slow to embrace electric vehicle technology.
The exterior of the I.D. Crozz has been given full LED headlights, while the interior has a large amount of space and is easily accessible thanks to large swinging and sliding doors. CROZZ in the SUV segment.
Over the previous year, it's unveiled three different Volkswagen ID electric-car concepts, two of them thinly disguised versions of future production models for 2019 and 2020.