Fully Charged is a YouTube series that's been going 8 years, growing steadily but let's be honest, is a niche channel.
I want to point out now, and okay, this has an element of boasting attached, but Top Gear (the magazine, not the TV show) and Fully Charged were the only Brits given access to a super early test drive of the 2020 VW ID.
Okay, there were a couple of German journalists and us but this was super exclusive.
I spent the evening in conversation with Frank Welsch, director of technical development at VW who explained in detail the ideas behind the completely new MEB platform (Modularer Elektrobaukasten).
VW haven't just adapted an existing model and shoved some batteries in like the VW e-Golf.
This system is the single but adaptable basis of an entirely new range of VW electric vehicles, from a car similar in size to the VW Golf, up to larger saloon cars and the iconic VW ID Buzz, the camper van style minibus Jonny Smith drove on a previous Fully Charged episode.
However, unlike many other German manufacturer they haven't started their electrified range with big, high cost SUV's.
The car I test drove the following day, currently called simply 'the ID' is a modest, Golf sized hatch back which will cost exactly the same as the VW diesel Golf.
Soon it will no longer be the case that electric cars are more expensive to buy than petrol and diesel models. And of course, they are much cheaper to run.
It's important to point out that this car won't appear in showrooms until early 2020, but they will release left and right-hand drive versions at the same time.
Woop woop for that.
When I say test car, that's what the car we saw is. The boot (trunk) is currently stuffed with electronics, loads of boxes and wires linked to hundreds of sensors on motor, battery pack, engine management systems, heating and air con.
It's very unusual for anyone outside a big car manufacturer to get to drive a test vehicle. They have cars running in South Africa and Lapland at the moment. Very hot and very cold climates
The motor (driving the rear wheels) produces around 180 bhp, so it's impressively nippy, and the turning circle (no engine in the front, no drive system to the front wheels) is London-taxi-tastic, the ID turns on a dime.
This is an electric vehicle with either a 330 or 500 kilometer range (206 or 312 miles) according to the new WLTP measurements, which from experience means around 190 or 295 miles in real world conditions.
Two battery sizes, other than that exactly the same car. The smaller battery version price will , as I said, cost the same as the current VW Golf diesel, which, a brief search informs me is at time of writing, is around £22,160.
If VW manage to produce an electric car, in volume, with a near 200 mile range that costs just around £22k, that's news.
I drove the shorter-range version and although I was repeatedly told they were in the middle of testing and finessing the machine, I have to say it felt very solid, competent and capable of a genuine 180-200 miles on one charge.
There are two settings on the very similar to BMW's i3 drive selector system, effectively a column stalk behind the steering wheel, park button, reverse and drive, and another twist on the drive selector and you increase regen braking.
VW aren't going for one pedal driving, they consider that to be a kind of level 2 electric driver skill.
I've got that skill, but I'm special. However, with a little care you only need to dab the brakes to bring the ID to a complete stop, the regenerative recuperation does the rest.
We were under very strict instructions not to show the dashboard and controls and although the car I drove will look exactly like the production models, it was obvious this particular test car was running on developing software.
One thing really caught my eye, a huge HUD system (optional when you can buy one) which is also in development but it's clear most of the information a driver will need will be displayed on a brilliantly unobtrusive but informative collection of data and graphics right in your eyeline. Not just a little green speed indicator, this could be a real step up in HUD tech.
What they are doing now is tuning the interior sound dampening (it's already an incredibly quiet car to drive) and the motor mapping, it does have a little jolt when moving off from standstill, that will go, but everything they're working on now is software based.
They are very happy with the mechanical side, they have secured enough batteries to produce hundreds of thousands of these cars in the first year. They are currently converting no fewer than 3 entire factories in Germany to produce purely electric vehicles.
This is definitely not a compliance car, this is a make or break bet for VW, and after their slightly chequered history in the last few years (dieselgate, cough) they really need to do something.
I have to say, after a very short test drive under very strict supervision, I think they're on the right track. An affordable 'people's car' with minimal snazzy tricks, a steel body, clever aerodynamics, hyper efficient heating/AC system, water cooled battery pack that can take a 100kw rapid charge and a genuine 190 mile range entry version, it's going to be the car to beat.
As a German journalist travelling with us commented, 'When it comes to electric vehicles, VW have arrived late – but strong.'