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According to VW head of R&D Frank Welsch, the carmaker’s fifth ID model, a production version of the ID Vizzion Concept, will be launched in Q3 of 2023 with a range of up to 435 miles (700 km).

Possibly dubbed ID.6 (not official yet), it will be available in both saloon and estate form, featuring similar dimensions to the current Passat, but a lot more passenger room, comparable to the discontinued Phaeton, reports Autocar.

One reason to name it the ID.6 is because the number 6 has connotations of wellbeing in China (VW’s biggest market), and Chinese buyers do appreciate large saloons.

Related: VW Officially Confirms Sporty Electric Estate Based On The ID. Space Vizzion For Production

Rear-wheel drive variants of the ID.6 will feature one electric motor powering the rear axle, while four-wheel drive models will have two motors (one per axle). The latter layout will also underpin a GTX performance model that Welsch claims will be capable of hitting 62 mph (100 km/h) in around 5.6 seconds. The single-motor version will hit the same mark in about 8.5 seconds.

Buyers will also get a choice of battery sizes, the biggest one being an 84 kWh pack mounted within the floor of the MEB platform. The result will be a range of around 700 km (435 miles) – that’s 89 more miles than the ID.3 Pro S with its 77 kWh battery.

Furthermore, the new model will also support 200 kW charging, netting you around 143 miles (230 km) of range in just 10 minutes at a DC rapid charger.

VW will reportedly build the ID.6 at its Emden plant in Germany, beginning in 2023.

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Carmakers are reportedly worried that upcoming Euro 7 emissions standards will increase compliance costs to the point where it will no longer be profitable to build passenger vehicles without a plug-in hybrid system or fully electric propulsion.

Euro 7 standards will further reduce the maximum allowable emissions and are expected to go into effect in 2025 at the very earliest, as reported by Autonews Europe.

One proposal would see nitrogen oxides (NOx) drop to 30 milligrams per km, which by today’s standards would actually be below the margin of error seen on portable emissions measurement systems.

Read: Britain Now Needs To Solve Range Anxiety, Following Decision To Ban ICE Units In 2030

Come January, Euro 6d standards will enforce vehicles having to emit no more than 80 mg/km, on the test bench as well as in real world conditions – excluding the margin of error on portable emissions measurement units, estimated at 34.4 mg/km max.

Now, a senior engineer at VW stated that if Euro 7 proposals from the EU’s Advisory Group on Vehicle Emission Standards go into effect (such as one that takes into consideration statistically infrequent edge cases, like extreme temperatures), the German carmaker will no longer afford to sell a Polo supermini for as little as 15,000 euros.

“If they extend the boundary conditions of the test to include uphill driving while towing a trailer, then that will be the end of combustion engine cars – not even a 48-volt mild hybrid could meet such low requirements in every situation,” he said, while refusing to be quoted by name.

“We would have to get rid of manuals in order to be able to dictate the precise timing of the gear switch and accelerations would be far more gradual,” the engineer continued, “so, the car would behave like it was on sleeping tablets. Not only would costs soar, everything that is fun about driving would also disappear.”

While some of us might be more than happy to tell ICE-only models good riddance, we need to consider the fact that not everybody will be able to afford purchasing new plug-in hybrids or battery-electric cars.

“People who for whatever reason cannot make the switch to electric cars end up holding onto their existing cars, rather than replacing them with cleaner ones,” added the VW engineer.

This scenario would indeed end up increasing harmful emissions, at least in the short term.

Meanwhile, industry lobbying group ACEA says that Euro 7 engineering targets would have to be set close to zero in order to take account of the measuring tolerance.

“There is no evidence to show that a NOx limit of 30 mg/km is technically feasible today, especially over all possible types of on-road driving. The same limit would also have to be met under a whole range of more extreme driving conditions, including high altitude, high speed, uphill driving, driving with a full load and driving in harsher winter and summer conditions.”

In any case, regardless of when these new norms come into effect and how stringent they are, the days of the non-electrified internal combustion engine are clearly numbered.

Volvo has announced that it will start to produce electric motors at its engine plant in Skövde, Sweden as it marches towards establishing an all-electric lineup.

The car manufacturer will invest 700 million Swedish kroner ($82.5 million) in order to establish complete in-house production of electric motors by the middle of the decade. In the first stage, the Skövde factory will simply assemble electric motors while at a later stage it will bring the full manufacturing process in-house.

“The very first Volvo from 1927 was powered by an engine built in Skövde,” Javier Varela, senior vice president of Industrial Operations and Quality at Volvo, said. “The team is highly skilled and committed to delivering on the highest quality standards. So it is only fitting that they will be a part of our exciting future.”

Read Also: Volvo Boss Says SUV Share Will Likely Grow To 75%

The design and development of the electric motors currently used by Volvo takes place in Gothenburg, Sweden and Shanghai, China. When production of electric motors at the Skövde site commences, the production of internal combustion engines will be transferred to a separate subsidiary of Volvo, Powertrain Engineering Sweden, which will be later merged with Geely’s combustion engine operations.

Volvo wants half of its global sales to be all-electric models by 2025, with the rest being hybrids. Speaking with the media recently, chief executive Hakan Samuelsson said he would be surprised if Volvo was producing anything other than electric vehicles from 2030.

“The way forward would be to have clear rules on when we need to exit the combustion engine,” Samuelsson stated earlier this month. “Once you have realized that the petrol and diesel engine are really not part of the future, it’s rather easy to see you have to move fast into the new world.”