The Volkswagen Group will be
stepping up its e-mobility drive with 16 locations around the globe getting
ready to produce battery powered vehicles by the end of 2022. This was
announced recently by Matthias Müller, CEO of Volkswagen AG, at the Group’s Annual
Media Conference in Berlin. The Group currently produces electric vehicles at
three locations, and in two years’ time a further nine Group plants are
scheduled to be equipped for this purpose.
To ensure adequate battery
capacity for the massive expansion of environmentally-friendly electric
mobility, partnerships with battery manufacturers for Europe and China have
already been agreed. The contracts already awarded have a total volume of
around EUR 20 billion. A supplier decision for North America will be taken
“Over the last few months, we
have pulled out all the stops to implement ‘Roadmap E’ with the necessary speed
and determination,” CEO Müller explained in Berlin. When “Roadmap E” was
launched last fall, Volkswagen announced plans to build up to three million
electric vehicles annually by 2025 and market 80 new electric Group models.
This year, another nine new vehicles, three of which will be purely
electric-powered, will be added to the Group’s electric portfolio of eight
e-cars and plug-in hybrids.
A number of innovations from
the Group were presented last week at the Geneva International Motor Show,
among them the Audi e-tron, the Porsche Mission E and the I.D. Vizzion, another
member of the Volkswagen I.D. family. From 2019, there will be a new electric
vehicle “virtually every month”, Müller said: “This is how we intend to offer
the largest fleet of electric vehicles in the world, across all brands and
regions, in just a few years.”
The CEO made a point of
emphasizing that this did not mean Volkswagen was turning its back on
conventional drive systems. Modern diesel drives were part of the solution, not
part of the problem, he stressed – also with regard to climate change. “We are
making massive investments in the mobility of tomorrow, but without neglecting
current technologies and vehicles that will continue to play an important role
for decades to come,” said Müller, adding that “We are putting almostEUR 20
billion into our conventional vehicle and drive portfolio in 2018, with a total
of more than EUR 90 billion cheduled
over the next five years.”
A separate Committee chaired
by CEO Müller is advancing digitalization in the Group, a key issue for the
future. “The future of mobility is gradually taking shape, as is the future of
the Volkswagen Group,” Müller said. The best example of this is SEDRIC, which
has enabled the Volkswagen Group to demonstrate the potential of fully
autonomous driving for the first time. SEDRIC was designed in the Group, but
will soon be “leaving the Group for refinement into a series product at one of
our brands,” Müller announced.
The Volkswagen Group kicked
off “Roadmap E”, the most comprehensive electrification drive in the
automotive industry, last
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