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The Volkswagen ID.Life is an eco-friendly crossover from the future

Made from a mix of natural and recycled materials

Future Volkswagen products could be made from natural materials just like the ID.Life. PHOTO FROM VOLKSWAGEN

The ongoing IAA Mobility expo in Munich is turning out to be successful. More than being one of the first events of its type during the pandemic, there are a lot of exciting concepts making their debuts during the show. One of them is the Volkswagen ID.Life.

Based on the brand’s MEB platform, the ID.Life is a small crossover perfect for the urban setting. Its boxy shape has character lines that wrap around the entire vehicle. The lighted VW logo is flanked by U-shaped headlamps, a typical styling cue for concept EVs. The large multi-spoke rims and the slim tires sit under boxy wheel arches. A two-tone paint job runs from the top of the hood to the entire roof (which is removable, by the way). Door handles are flushed for that clean side profile. The taillamps’ design mimics that of the headlamps.

The ID.Life is a blueprint for entry-level electric vehicles. PHOTOS FROM VOLKSWAGEN

The interior has a clean, futuristic design. The open-top steering wheel has controls for important driving functions. Gone are the traditional instrument and infotainment displays. Instead, there is a projector that links up to the onboard video-game console and beams content on the windshield. There is a 230V power supply to keep your devices juiced up. Classic switches are replaced with touch-sensitive panels. Seating is said to be flexible—perfect for different situations.

We wonder if you can play racing games with the car's controls. PHOTOS FROM VOLKSWAGEN

A 232hp electric motor drives the front wheels. The ID.Life can sprint from zero to 100km/h in just 6.9 seconds. A 57kWh high-voltage battery is good for a range of 400km. But the most notable thing about this concept is the use of environment-friendly materials. The clear coat is made of a bio-based hardener and wood chips as a natural coloring agent. The textile in the roof and the front cover comes from recycled PET bottles. Bio-oil, rubber and rice husks are some of the materials used in the tires.

The VW ID.Life is such a futuristic and interesting concept. Now, whether this car makes it to production or not is something that we will have to wait and see.

Red Santiago

A jack of all trades, Red is passionate about cars, motorcycles and audio. He sometimes drives for a ride-hailing app company—just because he really loves driving.