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Volkswagen is hyping up the electric concept car it’s unveiling at the Paris Motor Show that kicks off October 1.

The German automaker said in a brief press release that “the concept car has the potential to make history with its completely new vehicle concept,” adding that it’s “as revolutionary as the Beetle.” The automaker revealed its design sketches for the car Monday.

Here’s what we know about it:

Here we see Volkswagen’s design sketch for the electric concept car. It looks a bit like the Volkswagen Golf, but with a flatter top.

It also has rear doors that slide back and what appears to be a panoramic sunroof.

The concept car is expected to boast a killer range topping 300 miles.

Volkswagen CEO Hebert Diess said in August that the prototype vehicle being shown at the Paris Motor Show will have a range greater than 300 miles on a single charge. Diess also said at the time that the car unveiled at the motor show will be close to what goes into production.

The concept car will serve as a template for an eventual production car, which will be the first on the market to use Volkswagen’s modular electrification kit, known as the MEB.

Volkswagen first showed off its MEB architecture at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in its minibus concept, the BUDD-e, pictured above. It was said the BUDD-e could get 373 miles on a full charge with its MEB platform, so that falls in line with the potential range Diess teased for the concept car being shown in Paris.

Volkswagen has said that the MEB will give its electric cars mileage “on par with today’s gasoline-powered cars by the end of the decade.” The MEB platform will be exclusive to Volkswagen’s electric vehicles.

Here you see the underpinnings of the Volkswagen BUDD-E concept.

Competition is mounting in the electric car space. Tesla recently announced a battery upgrade that will increase the range of the Model S with Ludicrous mode to 315 miles, and the Model X with Ludicrous mode to 289 miles. The Chevy Bolt will have a range of 238 miles when it hits dealerships by the end of 2016.

Chevrolet; Tesla; Business Insider/ Yu Han

Still, until we see the kind of range Volkswagen has been teasing in an actual production vehicle, it’s unclear as to whether Volkswagen can really take on Chevy and Tesla.

Volkswagen is aiming to introduce more than 30 electrified vehicles by 2025, and to sell two to three million of them a year. The plan was released in response to the Volkswagen emissions scandal.

via Business Insider

September 26, 2016 at 03:49AM