Volkswagen's Crossover Electric Vehicle Will Go Into Production in 2020
Volkswagen's Crossover Electric Vehicle Will Go Into Production in 2020
20 April, 2017, 09:38
"The Volkswagen brand's big electric offensive begins in the year 2020 with a completely new vehicle architecture", Herbert Diess, chairman of the board of management for the Volkswagen brand said at the Paris auto show.
Volkswagen, Europe's biggest automaker, plans to launch its first pure-electric vehicle in China next year as Beijing steps up pressure on the industry to promote alternatives to gasoline. Thus, the Shanghai show will see the presentation of the concept of SUV ID in late April. Considering the current technologies included in most vehicles these days, the label really isn't that far-fetched.
The company plans to sell one million of its all-electric vehicles a year globally by 2025.
Industry executives say long term, they expect China will insist on more electric vehicles, and to be ready, they must invest in developing those vehicles now.
Taken together, the electric concept vehicles reflect the company's bid to distance itself from diesel vehicles, which were once its bread and butter but were tarnished during an emissions scandal that undermined the technology's reputation.
Sales were boosted a year ago by the government's temporary halving of a 10-percent purchase tax on small-engine cars in late 2015.
Jeep is expected to debut a new hybrid concept, what Chinese media are saying will be something between a Grand Cherokee and a Renegade and falls into the NEV category. Prices will start at 265,800 yuan ($38,600).
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Beijing's central government has floated proposals to require automakers to substantially boost sales of so-called "new energy vehicles" (NEVs), or risk being penalized.
Volkswagen is planning to launch a range of electric cars beginning around 2020, and it's previewing that fearless new electric world with a series of concept vehicles.
Ford has even announced plans to try to sell its American-icon pickup trucks in China. They include the two-door EP9, a contender for the title of fastest electric auto, with what the manufacturer says is a top speed of 194 miles per hour.
In the wake of its diesel emissions scandal, VW announced past year it's phasing out up to 40 vehicle models. Automakers say they may be unable to meet those targets and regulators have suggested they might be reduced or postponed.
Such range could help reduce "range anxiety" and steer sceptics towards accepting the electrics since most EVs in the market are only running around 150 to 180 km in one go. The Cabinet's planning agency has said it hopes to have 100,000 public charging stations and 800,000 private stations operating by the end of this year.
"The time is right for Ford to expand our electric auto lineup and investments in China", said Ford President and CEO Mark Fields. But at the same time, it is cutting subsidies on green cars by a fifth this year, a move that could deepen manufacturers' losses on such models and discourage consumers from buying them.
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