The Next Volkswagen Costs
VW wants to make e-mobility mass suitable. In addition to affordable vehicles with more coverage this means that the necessary infrastructure must be created.
Now VW has jumped on the e-mobility train. Although later than other carmakers, but with a well-developed program: A complete E-car family ID. Based on a common platform, VW will bring in the next few years on the market. At the same time, the expansion of the public charging infrastructure will be promoted. Due to its sales volume, VW wants to make electric cars into actual Volks-cars: at affordable prices with ranges that can keep up with those of gasoline. “The MEB is one of the most important projects in the history of Volkswagen – a technology leap from the Beetle to the Golf,” says VW Board Member for e-mobility, Thomas Ulbrich.
By 2025, 25 percent of the new Group models will be electrically powered, that’s 50 BEVs and 30 PHEVs. By 2030, there will be at least one electric version of each, which will give about 300 corporate models. For VW wants to take 34 billion euros in the hand. Three pillars form the basis for Volkswagen’s e-mobility strategy:
1. The “MEB” platform only for e-cars
The newly developed platform “MEB” was developed especially for electric cars. The spectrum of MEB cars ranges from the compact class through SUVs to vans. Not only vehicles of the brand VW will build on it, but also models of the group subsidiaries Audi, Skoda, Seat and VW commercial vehicles. By 2022, the VW Group wants to launch 27 new models on the new platform and sell more than one million electric cars a year. As a result, the carmaker hopes economies of scale, so that the cars of the I.D. Family at the usual VW prices – comparable to the prices of diesel cars of the brand can be offered. However, CFRP materials, lightweight composites, will not be used in production for the time being. CFRP materials have been increasingly used in car manufacturing in recent years because they are very light but still stable.