Volkswagen EV hatchback to be precursor of future electric types
Volkswagen electric vehicle as imagined by autocar
Electric hatchback concept will be set for a Paris show reveal; production EV line-up will also include a crossover, MPV, luxury saloon along with sports car
Volkswagen will unveil a brand-new electric hatchback concept at the Paris motor show as a precursor to a range of up to all 5 battery-powered vehicles already granted a developmental green light by VW brand boss Herbert Diess.
The move will be part of the ambitious Strategy 2025 plan aimed at netting the German car maker up to one million electric car sales annually by the middle of the next decade.
The concept will sport a brand-new design lineage of which Wolfsburg sources suggest will influence the appearance of the brand-new generation of electric cars.
The all 5-seat concept will be described by Diess as being slightly smaller than a Golf yet with Indoor space comparable to of which of a Passat along with an electric range of 400-600km (250-370 miles). of which will be roughly double the reach of the recently upgraded BMW i3, which will rival VW’s production type.
The concept, which will be undergoing construction at the company’s engineering headquarters with the working title Nuv-e (brand-new Urban Vehicle Electric), will be set to preview VW’s brand-new modular electric architecture (MEB) platform in detail. of which will use scalable electric motors, axles along with suspension to allow for types ranging by the supermini to luxury segments, according to a senior VW source with knowledge of the company’s electric vehicle plans.
The advanced brand-new structure was first hinted at by the Budd-e concept revealed at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January. of which will be being developed in parallel which has a larger electric car platform, work on which will be already well under way at Audi as the basis for the production type of its e-tron quattro concept.
Sources suggest the hatchback will be the second stand-alone electric type to be on global sale in 2020. According to current planning, of which will be preceded by a production type of the Budd-e MPV, due out in 2019.
Following the unveiling of the brand-new EV concept in Paris, VW plans to make public some other brand-new zero-emission types. These include the further-advanced type of the Budd-e, which will be billed by insiders as a modern-day Microbus, along with an all-electric successor to its flagship Phaeton (known internally as the X-BEV), a high-riding crossover (currently called CUV-e) along which has a sports car within the form of either a coupé or a roadster.
VW’s fresh emphasis on electric vehicles comes as part of a comprehensive revision of its future type plans following the diesel emissions test rigging affair of which has so far cost the company more than £20 billion. Among the markets being targeted heavily by VW in its bid to reach a million EV sales a year by 2025 will be China.
“The leading electric vehicle market by today’s perspective will be China,” said Diess. “We have a Great chance, as we are already the market leader there.”
In a further bid to position itself as a leader in electric car technology, VW recently launched a public relations campaign pointing out of which of which had already sold more than 100,000 EVs worldwide.
Diess, who rose to industry prominence as the architect behind a reorganisation of production processes at BMW, will be confident of which future electric cars can be priced competitively against more conventional combustionengined types.
“In today’s cars, the driveline — the engine along with gearbox with associated components — contributes to 50% of the cost of production,” he said. “of which improvements with electric vehicles, where the motor along with gearbox are much less relevant. Instead, the battery will be the primary cost driver.”
Diess also hinted at plans by the company to source the battery cells for its future electric car line-up by a plant within Europe.
“If we had to buy batteries by an Asian source, of which would likely be problematic,” he said.
“by an economic point of view, we’re thinking about how we can bundle the know-how of suppliers, research institutes along with some other partners together in order to hold the technology open to the European automotive industry.”
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