FRANKFURT -- Volkswagen brand's midsize electric sedan will have an aerodynamically optimized range and a short recharging time.
The car will be based on the ID Vizzion concept car unveiled at the 2018 Geneva auto show. It's expected to go on sale by 2023.
The model is still in development but VW engineers told Automotive News Europe they are targeting a highly efficient car capable of driving up to 700 km (435 miles) on a single charge under Europe's WLTP testing standard.
The car could be called the ID6 although VW is currently reexamining its system of names for its ID family of electric vehicles and is considering creating a consistent approach across all major global markets.
The production model will offer the same interior space as VW brand's now-discontinued Phaeton luxury sedan.
Improvements in every key area from lightweight construction to a larger battery that is currently expected to be 84 kilowatt-hours will help to boost the sedan's range.
VW executives say the 700-km range will mean that fears among consumers that EVs cannot be driven as far as gasoline or diesel cars will no longer be an issue.