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New patent drawings depicting futuristic concept cars have turned up in the European Union Intellectual Property Office’s database.
We’ve already seen the first of these concepts in the form of the VW I.D. unveiled at the 2016 Paris auto show. The I.D. previewed a Golf-sized electric hatch promised to arrive in 2020 with a 300-plus-mile range.
Volkswagen I.D. electric car concept, 2016 Paris auto show
The rest of VW’s electric car family is expected to include at least four more members: a minivan, sedan, sports car and SUV. It’s possible the patent drawings depict concept versions of these.
Most of them fall into the boxy urban commuter category though there is also a sexy coupe with gulling doors and a rear that resembles the design of the Bugatti Chiron hypercar.
Interestingly, two of the concepts, one of them the gullwing coupe, lack a traditional windscreen, suggesting they might be a showcase for self-driving technology. We know VW is working on self-driving technology and is aiming to have it on the market early next decade.