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Volkswagen Announce Ambitions to Create Electric Versions of their Entire Portfolio

Volkswagen Announce Ambitions to Create Electric Versions of their Entire Portfolio

It has created a new electric vehicle division it calls I.D. and has plans to offer three models based on the MEB chassis - the I.D. four door sedan, the I.D. Crozz crossover SUV. and the I.D. Buzz, which will be a modern day reincarnation of the VW Microbus that was so popular with Grateful Dead fans.

Volkswagen has a spiffy new MEB chassis designed specifically for electric cars.

"According to our forecasts, the annual sales of the I.D. models could tenfold to one million vehicles by 2025", said Herbert Diess, Volkswagen brand executive.

We'll get the first of these in 2020, when the I.D. and the I.D. Crozz go on sale.

German carmakers, which have relied heavily on diesel, have been bruised by controversy over the technology since Volkswagen's scandal, in which the company admitted to illegally rigging cars to turn off diesel emission controls when not on test stands. The German vehicle manufacturer has announced that they plan on having an electric version of their vehicles by 2030.

But this is just the start, as VW says it is researching solid state battery technology with the potential to reach 1,000 miles per charge, an unprecedented figure in the electric auto industry, but one VW says could be possible by 2030.

In order for Volkswagen to make enough batteries for the 300-odd models across the entire range, it's going to need some gigafactories.

Muller said the electrification programme would ensure the company will "lead the way into the future", adding that "in the automotive world, 2030 is basically the day after tomorrow".

Müller said that making exciting cars is the key to getting customers to switch to electric propulsion, and the model we think most likely to do that arrives in 2022. It has a massive array of models across a diverse array of brands that includes everything from Bugatti to Skoda. "People want to have clean air, and we want to make our contribution here".

By 2025, the company estimated that one in four of all of its vehicles could be powered exclusively by electricity, equating to up to three million cars a year.

The next instalment in Volkswagen's ID family is expected to be a large saloon, which is tentatively planned to be unveiled at the 2018 Geneva motor show.

Volkswagen has detailed its plan to dominate the world of electric vehicles, confirming it has 80 new battery-powered cars under development.


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