VW tightened up the electrification pace

Frankfurt, 12. September 2017

The VW group tightened up with its new "Roadmap for E" the electrification pace. VW CEO Matthias Müller outline of the plans now on the group evening at the IAA, took place on the eve of the press day of the Frankfurt auto show. We were to be there for you.

50 new E-Mobile by 2025

Already in the programme for the future "Together – strategy 2025" from June 2016, the Volkswagen group had spent the goal of becoming by 2025 the global number One in electric mobility. In the year should be according to the Plan, each of the fourth group's new car is a pure electric car. The new "Roadmap for E", the group will be by 2025 more than 80 new electrified models – 50 of which are pure electric cars and 30 Plug-in Hybrids. By 2015 every fourth car from the VW group is to be operated purely electrically, which after all would mean to the three million vehicles per year. In the following years is to increase this number further, by 2030, for each of the worldwide, around 300 models of the group in all vehicle classes and segments of the at least one electrified variant will be available.

E-cars should be affordable for everyone

With the future of electric cars, the group wants to cover, according to Müller, all of the segments, the volume of the vehicle to a premium car. The range should be up to 600 km, the charging time is not longer than a coffee break, take and prices, the electric cars are no longer "toys for the few". The breakthrough will not come from pioneers but with the numbers.

20 billion euros in investments by 2030

To realize all of this, it is planned a significant increase of investment resources. By 2030, the group invested more than 20 billion euros in the industrialisation of electric mobility: new vehicles, which are based on two completely newly developed electric platforms, the adaptation of the plants and the qualification of the workforce, in the Charging infrastructure, in trade and distribution and-not least-in the battery technology and production. Together with its partners, solid batteries are to be developed, the range should offer more than 1,000 kilometers.

50 billion Euro just for the batteries

Alone for the equipment of the own E-fleet with batteries, the group needed up to 2025 annually batteries with a storage capacity of more than 150 gigawatt hours. This is as much as four "Gigafactories" can produce. The tender for the production to external suppliers, with whom you want this goal together lift, that is a huge volume, with More than 50 billion euros will flow.

Conventional drives as a bridge

As a bridge to zero-emission era, the internal combustion engine is to be developed in the next few years. To be the protection of the environment, but every new diesel engine, an SCR catalyst and each of the new diesel with a particulate filter. Müller said in the direction of the policy: "Conventional drives will continue to be used. Last but not least we earn the money for the said investment." In addition, the group has also been working with synthetic fuels, LNG and fuel cell technology, the latter under the leadership of Audi. The plans for the future, Müller summed up as: "The Transformation in our industry is nothing. We will lead this Transformation." And given the diesel debate, the head of the group, added: "We ask ourselves here at the IAA, the discussion, where other manufacturers stay home." And Müller reiterated full of Confidence: "We have understood, we will deliver."(sl)

by Cassie Hartley

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