One, the environment needs it. Two, Volkswagen Auto Group needs it too. Volkswagen, the German auto builder and one of the largest automobile conglomerate in the world is trying hard to get past the messy Dieselgate scandal and wants us to forget it. In the same lines, VAG has today announced to sell a million electric vehicles per annum starting 2025.
VW Grobal has intensified their R&D efforts to roll out more and more electrified cars. That said, the hugely embarrassing and controversial diesel gate scandal (VW inflated the fuel economy figures) is not the reason Volkswagen came up with this announcement. It is being understood that Volkswagen wants to keep up with the growing demand of green cars and wants to remain the market leader in car sales (VW currently ranks no. 2 behind Toyota).
Emission limits are getting stricter and stricter across the globe and every manufacturer is trying to reduce the CO2 emission. Volkswagen, unlike its contemporaries doesn't have much portfolio of green cars and want to want a big name in the electric/hybrid world. And hence, the VW Group has estimated to sell around 1 million hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and electric cars annually by 2025 in order to meet the stricter CO2 targets.
The Volkswagen Group comprises of Audi, Volkswagen, Skoda, Bentley and other big names, but don't have much electric foothold. Keeping this in mind, VW will expand its portfolio with 20 new models by the end of 2020 which are less harmful to the environment. These models will include the all-electric Audi Q6 due in 2018 and a production version of Porsche’s Mission E concept.
The Volkswagen Group will build most of its electric cars around the MED architecture which is underpinning many vehicles. The modular platform will help engineers to adapt the hardware to numerous vehicle types and body structures. According to Thomas Ulbrich, VW brand production chief, if the demand rises, the company will double the production of electrified cars its three European factories.
He further specified that VW has a capacity to assemble as much as 75,000 electric vehicles as of now and will increase it each year. But the demand is not enough to match the production potential. Volkswagen aims to get a maximum range of 500 km from the batteries and at the forefront of the VW will be the second-generation Phaeton set for an EV version.
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