Volkswagon ID Crozz is the new interpretation of the crossover

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Volkswagen is stepping up its shift to electric cars and plans to invest more than €20 billion ($24 billion) in zero-emission vehicles by 2030 to challenge pioneer Tesla in creating a mass market.

As the name suggests, Roadmap E puts Volkswagen on course for a future dominated by electric cars.

Speaking ahead of the Frankfurt show - Europe's premier new vehicle event of 2017 - VW chairman Dr Herbert Diess said the company anticipated that by 2025 demand for its ID models could reach a million per year.

BMW AG is showing off the four-door i Vision Dynamics electric concept vehicle to join its i3 and i8 electric models.

The German carmaker, and its subsidiary brands Audi, Skoda, Porsche, Bentley, Lamborghini and Bugatti, outlined its Roadmap E strategy on the eve of the 2017 Frankfurt motor show as the next stage in a bid to fix its reputation following the emission-cheating diesel scandal that rocked the company.

While a "CleanAir" system always ensures a supply of clean air in the interior, regardless of ambient conditions, according to Volkswagen.

"We will have a long transition phase in which a wide variety of drive systems will coexist", he said.

"Our task is to make modern technology available to many people".

Volkswagen has no plans to ditch diesel engines and isn't anxious about the rising threat of Tesla. Though the number has fallen 10% from the previous show in 2015, 228 new vehicles and technologies will be on display for the first time.

"One thing is clear: The Golf of the future must once again be a people's auto!" Instead it has a unique door layout, wherein the front opens normally with conventional hinges but the rear being sliding doors. That's enough for a maximum speed of 112 miles per hour (180 kilometers per hour) and VW estimates range at 311 miles (500 kilometers) on a full charge.

Among other features, the I.D. Crozz has two motors with a total output of 225 kW - that's about 300 horsepower to you Colonials.

By locating the battery in the centre of the I.D. Crozz with a motor at each driven axle, the company says attains "an ideal weight distribution" which gives the EV crossover concept handling characteristics on par with that of a Golf GTI.

China, the world's largest auto market, announced this week that it intends to ban the production and sale of vehicles powered only by fossil fuels.