Volkswagen confirms production of all-electric station wagon with 700km range

Production of dramatically up-rated wagon to start in 2023.

Volkswagen has confirmed its 2019 electric vehicle concept, the ID Space Vizzion, will go into production in 2023.

Volkswagen CEO of passenger cars, Ralf Brandstätter, took to LinkedIn to make the announcement.

“Great news! Under the project name ‘Aero B’ our plant in Emden gets its second E-model,” wrote Brandstätter.

“The Aero B is our interpretation of sustainable premium. It scores in all dimensions of electrical performance: thanks to our continuously improved MEB, it can be charged super-fast and offers a bit more of everything: more space, more range, more acceleration and more top speed.

“As an elegant Shooting Brake, it will be the first electric variant on the market. It impresses with high-quality interiors and a lot of space: classy and spacious like a Phaeton, along with huge trunk volume. And with 700km, a real range hero.

“From 2023 it rolls off the production line. In doing so, we are making a clear commitment to the importance of the location and to future-proof employment.”

Technical details of the production model remain scarce, although Brandstätter did state the Aero B would have a range of 700km.

The original ID Space Vizzion concept was revealed at the 2019 Los Angeles auto show and featured an 82kWh battery pack feeding power to a rear-mounted 202kW electric motor. Claimed range at the reveal was 482km.

However, reports are surfacing the battery pack of the production vehicle will be uprated to 111kWh, giving the Aero B a potential range of 700km.

Additionally, at the time of launch, Volkswagen stated an additional electric motor could be mounted to the front axle for a total output of 250kW.

It’s understood the Aero B will be produced as both a sedan and a station wagon, with the wagon the first production model to be given the green light. Production will start in 2023 at Volkswagen’s Emden plant that currently produces the Passat and Arteon and will, from 2022, be the site of manufacturing for the all-electric Volkswagen ID.4.

Volkswagen has previously committed to selling one million electric vehicles by 2025.

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