With a max range of 373 miles and a fully autonomous mode, VW’s newest concept shows the way forward for 2020 and beyond.

Volkswagen has revealed an electric vehicle called the ID Concept here at the Paris Motor Show, and it’s the first of a completely new platform for the German company. Called the Modular Electric Drive kit or MEB, said platform should underpin a whole new generation of EVs.

This ID may be a concept car, but there are technical specifics that indicate some well-formed hardware. The vehicle is powered by a 168-horsepower electric motor and has a maximum range of 373 miles on the European cycle. At least in theory. That motor delivers power to the rear axle via a single-speed transmission, and performance is quite good for this class of vehicle: 0-62 miles per hour will happen in less than eight seconds, and top speed should be 99 miles per hour.

The battery pack lies in the floor of the car, Tesla style, so the low center of gravity should positively impact handling, too.

Plans include a fully autonomous version ready for a 2025 timeframe. Previewing that, the ID has a steering wheel that retracts with the push of a button. VW does say that a production version without self-driving tech could be ready as soon as 2020.

The ID is a concept, but it’s also a big deal for VW. Company officials are bullish, saying the car could eventually be as impactful as the Beetle and the Golf have been.

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