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The German manufacturer relaunches its electric mobility plans. Objective: Sell 22 million electric vehicles.
With the new electric vehicles and the strategic agreements, the Volkswagen Group puts battery production aside.
Volkswagen VW ID Concept. Image: Grzegorz Czapski Shutterstock
The Volkswagen group is once again raising the banner of electric mobility. With the aftermath of dieselgate still up in the air, the German automaker tries to put its green policies in the spotlight by tweaking the figures in its business plan.
According to the announcement of the company itself, in 2028 70 new electric models will be put into production, that is, 20 more than what the group had already announced. The goal is to manufacture and sell 22 million electric vehicles in the next decade, and it would have already selected four lithium battery manufacturers.
Volkswagen VW ID Buzz Concept. Image: Grzegorz Czapski Shutterstock
This is a big step forward given the current situation. The Volkswagen Group, which includes Audi, Porsche and Skoda, closed the year 2018 with a record number of sales: 10.8 million cars of which, however, only 40,000 were electric and only 60,000 plug-in hybrids. However, the new EU emissions regulation leaves no room for delay or rethinking: the industry will have to commit to reducing CO2 emissions from light vehicles by 30% by 2030 and guaranteeing a certain electricity quota.
We have the means to achieve the goal. Also, there is no alternative.
Herbert Diess. CEO VW.
Not only that. The company announced that it would install 400 fast charging stations across Europe and that it would perhaps have a place in future EU electric car battery production.
And while investment in research and development grows steadily (and has an impact on profits), VW’s top management recalls that the ultimate goal is to reduce the carbon emissions of the entire fleet by mid-century. ” Volkswagen will change radically, ” added Diess, ” we have a clear responsibility for the key trends of the future, especially those related to climate protection .”
Volkswagen VW ID Buggy Concept. Image: Grzegorz Czapski Shutterstock
A path stimulated above all by the new European standards. In fact, many automakers are trying to share the costs of developing the mobility of the future. Just think of the agreement signed between BMW and Mercedes dedicated to autonomous driving. Or, again, between the same VW and Ford that in January announced a plan to build new cars together.
This is the first credible climate plan from a major automaker: Volkswagen’s focus on affordable electric cars is correct, and its recognition that the Paris agreement and the internal combustion engine are not going well is a step forward.
William Todts, CEO of T&E.
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