Volkswagen has announced that it will produce 20 electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles by 2020.
VW’s CEO, Matthias Müller, spoke at the company’s traditional New Year reception in Brussels, stating that, “I strongly feel we now have the chance to build a new and better Volkswagen.”
He added, “A true breakthrough for electric mobility will only be achieved if politics, society and authorities work together more closely.” This was a pointed reference to the perceived lack of a consistent charging structure throughout Europe.
The company recently announced its development of a modular electric platform for small-to-medium cars. This modular electric toolkit, called MEB, will enable the implementation of standardised electric and plug-in hybrid powertrains. This can produce a driving range of anywhere between 150 and in excess of 300 miles.
The up-coming Phaeton has already been tipped to be the company’s next all-electric. The Phaeton is set to provide a luxurious driving experience and a range of cutting-edge technologies. It will also offer “long-distance capability”, according to Dr Herbert Diess, CEO for Volkswagen passenger cars.
Volkswagen will continue to use petrol and diesel engines but, in so doing, will aim to create greater efficiencies. AdBlue engines, for example, will become standard across Europe and North America. Natural gasses will be more widely used too.
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