Volkswagen’s GTI badge will lead the way forward for electric cars that are “fun to drive.”

Last year, Volkswagen boldly stated that it plans to sell one million battery-electric cars and plug-in hybrids internationally by 2025. While the VW I.D. Buzz – an all-electric van with a range of 270 miles unveiled in Detroit – would help the automaker reach its lofty goal, a sporty variant of the I.D. hatchback from last year’s Paris Motor Show could come first.

In an interview with Auto Express at the Detroit Motor Show, Jürgen Stackmann, Volkswagen’s sales and marketing boss, revealed what the future has in store for the GTI badge.

“I think the formula of the GTI will change – it will not be the same formula that took us here. But to have an exhilarating, fun to own, fun to drive car, with electric cars it is possible to deliver that,” said Stackmann.

This isn’t the first time someone at VW has discussed the idea of coming out with a sporty electric car. At the Consumer Electronics Show, Christian Senger, Volkswagen’s vice president of the automaker’s G4 eMobility brand, provided some insight on the possibility of an all-electric GTI.

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“We can start with a rational approach, the car performing quite well every day,” Senger said. “But then we can scale up. More range, more acceleration, more charging points for the money and maybe also 4WD.”

The original hatchback-like I.D. Concept from the Paris Motor Show featured an electric motor that was good for 168 horsepower and could propel the car to 62 mph in less than eight seconds. The vehicle would become the first car to utilize the modular MEB electric car platform that will underpin a variety of electric cars from the automaker.

The I.D. Concept is expected to be the on road by 2020, with the electric I.D. Buzz going on sale by 2020.

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