The Volkswagen ID.5 Electric SUV: The Complete Guide For India

Volkswagen ID.5 SUV India
Price: N/A
Type of electric vehicle: Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Body type: SUV
Battery size: 77 kWh
Electric range (WLTP): 282 – 325 miles
Tailpipe emissions: 0 g


Electric Cars: The Basics


For those of you new to zero-emission electric driving, we recommend a read of the following articles:

For those keen on an overview of the Indian and global electric vehicle (EV) market, simply scroll down to the end of the article!


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The VW ID.5 Coupé-SUV


Volkswagen AG, the Germany automotive group is one of the leading automotive companies in the global electric vehicle (EV) industry. Volkswagen has committed to an investment up to Euro 30 billion by 2023. It aims to sell 3 million electric vehicles by 2025 and launch up to 70 new EV models over the next 10 years. The portfolio of VW EVs include:

The Volkswagen ID.5 is the latest pure electric vehicle from the German automotive manufacturer. The ID.5 combines the design strengths of an SUV along with that of a coupé (aerodynamic). The ID.5 has a 0.26 drag coefficient compared to 0.28 for the ID.4. The VW ID.5 EV shares the same MEB platform as the Volkswagen ID.4 and therefore has much in common, albeit, the ID.5 has a more aggressive roofline styling in the form of a coupé.

The electric vehicle (EV) will be available in one battery size (77 kWh) with an emission-free range up to 325 miles. The EV will be capable of DC rapid charging up to 135 kW DC as standard (62 miles in 7 minutes), along with a 11 kW on-board charger.

The pure electric coupé-SUV will be available in three variants to include the entry level Pro model, followed by the mid-level Pro Performance and the higher specification GTX variant. The Pro and Pro Performance will be available as rear-wheel drive, while the GTX will be an all-wheel drive. The VW ID.5 Pro will have a top speed of 99 mph (0-62 mph in 10.4 seconds). The GTX is expected to have a top speed of 110 mph, achieving 0-62 mph in under 7 seconds. However, VW has yet to confirm this.

According to the manufacturer, the panoramic sunroof will come as standard. The EV is well equipped with technology to include over-the-air update capability, innovative IQ. Light as standard, interior ambient lighting, augmented reality head-up display, voice assistant, travel assist and the Discover Pro navigation system.

The ID.5 is also practical and has a larger boot space than the ID.4 (549 L compared to 543 L). The ID.5 zero-emission range also makes the EV practical for short and long journeys for families.


 PROS CONS
Good zero-emission range (up to 325 miles)Only available in one battery size option
Attractive exterior styling (coupé)Rear view slightly limited and less headroom for rear seats compared to ID.4
DC charging up to 135 kW as standardHeat pump not standard

The All-Electric Volkswagen ID.5 (credit: VW)


Driving an electric vehicle (EV) is cheaper than driving a petrol or diesel vehicle. As an example, in India, filling a full tank of fuel for the internal combustion engine (ICE) Tata Nexon SUV will cost up to Rs 5,000 (assuming an average cost per litre of Rs 100. The Tata Nexon has a fuel tank capacity of 44 L).

In comparison, the Tata Nexon Pure Electric SUV will cost less than Rs 300 for a full EV battery charge (EV Battery size: 30.2 kWh). In India, the average cost for residential electricity is between Rs 5 to Rs 10 per kWh(unit). Therefore the cost to drive per km (or mile) in a pure electric vehicle is substantially lower than a petrol or diesel vehicle.

At an average one can expect a cost per km of Rs 1 for a zero-emission EV, while for an equivalent petrol or diesel vehicle, the cost per km could be up to Rs 7 per km. The annual cost savings achieved by switching to electric driving is significant!


 At A Glance
EV Type:Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Vehicle Type:SUV (Coupé)
Engine:Electric
Available In India:No

Variants (3 Options)
ID.5 Pro
ID.5 Pro Performance
ID.5 GTX

 EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in one battery size: 77 kWh
Charging:Up to 135 kW DC rapid charging standard. On-board charger: 11 kW
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type:Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:0g (CO2/km)
Battery Warranty:8 years or 100,000 miles

Charging Times (Overview)
Slow charging AC (3 kW – 3.6 kW):6 – 12 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SOC)
Fast charging AC (7 kW – 22 kW):3 – 8 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging AC (43 kW):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging DC (50 kW+):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Ultra rapid charging DC (150 kW+):0-80% : 20 mins to 40 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Tesla Supercharger (120 kW – 250 kW):0-80%: up to 25 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)

 Dimensions
Height (mm):1615
Width (mm):1852
Length (mm):4599
Wheelbase (mm):2771
Turning Circle (m):N/A
Cargo Volume:549 L

 ID.5 Pro
EV Battery Capacity:77 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):282 – 325 miles
Electric Energy Consumption (kWh/100km):16.2
Charging:135 kW DC Rapid Charging (on board charger: 11 kW AC)
Top Speed:99 mph
0-62 mph:10.4 seconds
Drive:Rear-wheel drive
Max Power (PS):174
Torque (Nm):235
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5
Doors:5
Weight (kg):2,117
Colours:N/A
NCAP Safety Rating:N/A

Air Quality: The Basics


It does not matter where in India one lives, no one can escape the increased level of air pollution engulfing our villages, towns and cities, across the country. However, this is not unique to India.

Air pollution has been documented globally as one of the key issues in increased mortality rates, in particular, for those that are most vulnerable: the children and the aged. Increased air pollution has been linked to increases in premature deaths, higher rates of cancer, heart attacks, stroke and lung diseases.   

In India, air quality worsens closer to more densely populated urban centres, the 1st, 2nd and 3rd tier cities. Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Bengaluru are just some of the examples of cities with dangerous levels of toxic air pollution or poor air quality. In fact, air pollution levels have been so high in India in the recent years, that it has captured the attention of the world media. 

Many factors affect the level of air pollution, but one that is significant, is the pollution released from road transportation, commonly referred to as ‘emissions’ or tailpipe emissions. For the majority of the globe, to include, India, emissions from petrol and diesel vehicles contribute more than 30% to air pollution. This is an average, and certainly, in more populated cities like Delhi and Mumbai, the level of toxic contribution from vehicle exhausts will be even higher. The other major contributor to air pollution is energy production and consumptions (fossil fuels).  


So, what is air pollution?


  • Air pollution is the release of pollutants in our atmosphere that have a negative impact on the health of individuals and the environment as a whole. 
  • The majority of pollutants are invisible. The are minutely small particles (finely divided solids) or gases that cannot be seen with the naked eye. These extremely small solid or liquid particles are also called particulates. Examples are: fumes, smoke, dust and soot. The majority of these particulates are less than 10 micrometres.    
  • Air pollution can affect the environment both outdoors and indoors. There are a number of different types of pollutants, but the most well known are particulate matter, carbon dioxide, methane, carbon monoxide, sulphur dioxide and nitrogen dioxide.  
  • Both carbon monoxide (CO) and nitrogen oxides (NO2), contribute to smog formation, very common in the winter months. Sulphur dioxide (SO2) contributes to haze and also acid rain formation. Particulate matters also contributes to haze and acid rain. All the above negatively impact health by increasing irritation of breathing passages, aggravation of asthma and irregular heartbeat. 
  • Pollutants like carbon dioxide have a far reaching consequence on our lives. It is not only air pollution that it impacts, but as being a major source of greenhouse gas, CO2 has a long-term and detrimental impact on our environment and ecosystem. More commonly refereed to as ‘climate change’.
  • Most of us know in India are familiar with PM 2.5 (fine particulate matter). These are tiny particles or droplets that are two and one half microns or less in width. A micron is a unit of measurement of length equal to one millionth of a metre. An increase in levels of PM 2.5 concentrations result in an increase in unhealthy air quality, haze etc. Vehicle exhausts are a major contributor to higher levels of PM 2.5 in the air.    
  • Though measures like reducing traffic (odd-even system in Delhi), wearing air masks etc. can help reduce the impact of pollution, the reduction is not far-reaching. Zero-emission road transportation i.e. electric cars, are a panacea for a sustained and comprehensive improvement in air quality. The sooner, we in India, migrate to electric vehicles, the sooner can we start to improve our local air quality.  

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Ashvin Suri

Ashvin has been involved with the renewables, energy efficiency and infrastructure sectors since 2006. He is passionate about the transition to a low-carbon economy and electric transportation. Ashvin commenced his career in 1994, working with US investment banks in New York. Post his MBA from the London Business School (1996-1998), he continued to work in investment banking at Flemings (London) and JPMorgan (London). His roles included corporate finance advisory, M&A and capital raising. He has been involved across diverse industry sectors, to include engineering, aerospace, oil & gas, airports and automotive across Asia and Europe. In 2010, he co-founded a solar development platform, for large scale ground and roof solar projects to include the UK, Italy, Germany and France. He has also advised on various renewable energy (wind and solar) utility scale projects working with global institutional investors and independent power producers (IPP’s) in the renewable energy sector. He has also advised in key international markets like India, to include advising the TVS Group, a multi-billion dollar industrial and automotive group in India. Ashvin has also advised Indian Energy, an IPP backed by Guggenheim (a US$ 165 billion fund). He has also advised AMIH, a US$ 2 billion, Singapore based group. Ashvin has also worked in the real estate and infrastructure sector, to including working with the Matrix Group (a US$ 4 billion property group in the UK) to launch one of the first few institutional real estate funds for the Indian real estate market. The fund was successfully launched with significant institutional support from the UK/ European markets. He has also advised on water infrastructure, to include advising a Swedish clean technology company in the water sector. He is also a member of the Forbury Investment Network advisory committee. He has also been involved with a number of early stage ventures.

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