VW Group brands to offer electrified version of every model by 2030

Thursday, 14 Sep, 2017

The world's largest auto maker by sales plans to invest a total of 20 billion euros (24 billion USA dollars) until 2030 in electric mobility and even 50 billion euros in batteries.

Several luxury automakers recently announced plans to increase production of hybrid and electric cars, or even electrify their entire lineups.

The group plans to bring a total of over 80 new electrified models to customers by 2025, including some 50 purely battery-powered vehicles and 30 plug-in hybrids as it doubles its investment in zero-emission vehicles to 20bn euros (£18bn) in a bid to put dieselgate behind it.

According to Mueller, the automotive industry is undergoing an irreversible process of transformation.

The announcement, dubbed "Roadmap E" was made by Volkswagen Group chairman Matthias Mueller at the media opening of its hall at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

Unlike Volvo, which already pledged to only sell cars with electric motors from 2019, VW isn't putting ICE on ice just yet.

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Its electric powertrain will produce 225 kW and capable of a top speed of 180 km/h with a battery range nudging 500kms on one charge.

Volkswagen shows off a concept of its electric ID Crozz vehicle.

Volkswagen says the four-door high-riding coupe will ride on an all-electric 4MOTION all-wheel drive system that is equally at home in a city environment as it is on unpaved trails and will have similar handling properties as the Golf GTI.

The scandal proved to be the strategic shift driver for the company, but this has put VW on a tighter space as they neglect the electric vehicle race while others have been rampaging with their developments and advances. CROZZ concept vehicle first unveiled in Shanghai this past spring. But those plans will be dwarfed by Volkswagen's electrification push. In order to achieve this plan, the automaker will be investing more than $24 billion USA in developing new technology and two new platforms for their electric vehicles.

Over the past year, it's unveiled three different Volkswagen ID electric-car concepts, two of them thinly disguised versions of future production models for 2019 and 2020.

Muller said the company was likely to use two electric platforms, and is investing 20 billion euros (£18bn) into e-mobility, in one of the biggest procurement projects in the company's history.