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VW to show new electric, self-driving concept in Detroit

Melissa Burden

Volkswagen AG said Thursday it will show an all-electric concept car next month at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit that will be able to drive autonomously.

The German automaker said the new I.D. family model is based on its modular electric drive kit and is described as a “multi-functional vehicle for a new era.”

The concept car to be shown at the Detroit auto show has two electric motors and all-wheel drive. VW drivers could press lightly on the car’s logo and an electrically controlled steering wheel would disappear into the dashboard in preparation for driving itself: Then, laser scanners, sensors and cameras would monitor road conditions.

“It combines ample space for travel with a long electric driving range, to usher a new feeling of freedom – with zero emissions – and a new era of mobility,” Volkswagen said.

Volkswagen announced the I.D. in September at the Paris Motor Show as the first in a new generation of electric vehicles from the carmaker. The initial I.D. is expected to hit the market in 2020 and a fully self-driving “I.D. Pilot” driving model available beginning in 2025.

Volkswagen has a Jan. 9 news conference scheduled at the Detroit auto show.

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