Tuesday 22 October 2019

Volkswagen promises nearly 70 new electric car models within a decade

The Volkswagen logo sits atop the company's headquarters in Wolfsburg.
The Volkswagen logo sits atop the company's headquarters in Wolfsburg.
Eddie Cunningham

Eddie Cunningham

ANY lingering doubts about the impetus of the stampede towards electric cars (EVs) can be dispelled this week with Volkswagen alone promising nearly 70 new models within a decade.

That is almost 20 more than previously promised.

There is no doubt that the company whose dubious diesel actions speeded up the advent of EVs are intent on taking a lead in the new world.

They are now saying they will build 22m vehicles on the group's electric platforms over the next decade.

That is up from a previously projected 15m.

The VW group drive has already begun, albeit in nothing like the volumes we are being led to expect in future.

Audi has started sales of its e-tron electric SUV. Porsche is poised to unveil its first electric model, the Taycan, in the autumn.

And we'll see Volkswagen's own Golf-sized I.D. hatchback and I.D. Crozz electric crossover before the end of the year - but in reality for sale next year.

There will be EVs from SKODA and SEAT too.

The group has also 'signed off' on a major decarbonisation deal so there will be a CO2-neutral balance in all areas by 2050, including production, supply chain and administration.

The development of solid-state batteries is widely regarded as critical for future EVs but is going to take time to reach production potential.

The company also plans to install 400 fast-charge stations along Europe's major roads and highways by 2020 in collaboration with industry partners in IONITY.

And that is just the VW story. Every other car-maker is flat-out EV-driven too.

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