Again and again, the vehicles start, brake, start again, accelerate on steep hills – and then do the same all over again. Frank Bekemeier's team of test engineers already noticed on the way out of Cape Town that one of the two ID. prototypes experiences a slight dip in performance after starting. "We will need to make some improvements to the electronics. In general though, I am satisfied with the condition of the two cars", says Welsch.
Tests more intensive than with a combustion engine
The Volkswagen ID. is the first model based on our new electric platform, the modular electric drive matrix (MEB). "As such we have no other experience to fall back on", explains head developer Frank Bekemeier, "we therefore have to conduct certain tests more intensively than with a combustion engine."
More than one year before the market launch, the prototype of the ID. is already driving extremely well. Despite the generously dimensioned 20-inch wheel set, the five-door rolls surprisingly comfortably over the often uneven streets, and the driving noises, which are negligible in any case, are swallowed up to a large extent. The steering comes across as decidedly smooth, but according to Frank Welsch needs to be more responsive in order to intensify the driving experience.