Volkswagen has taken a huge step on the road to electric mobility (e-mobility) with the announcement of 16 production sites pumping out EVs by 2022, and partnerships with battery makers in Europe and China.
The Volkswagen Group currently produces electric vehicles at three facilities and plans to add another nine production sites by the end of this decade. To insure adequate supply of batteries, the company has inked contracts with European and Chinese battery makers and plans to add a North American supplier in the near future.
As part of its “Roadmap E” program, Volkswagen has announced plans to have 80 electric nameplates among its various brands, and build up to three million EVs annually, by 2025. Over the coming year, the VW Group plans to add three new pure-electric vehicles and six hybrids to its EV portfolio that already includes eight nameplates (EV and hybrid, combined).
To meet the ambitious goal, Volkswagen says it will introduce a new electrified vehicle practically every month between 2019 and 2022. Among the planned introductions are the Porsche Mission E and the I.D. Vizzion (I.D. has been announced as Volkswagens dedicated electric marque).
However, unlike other automakers’ future mobility plans, Volkswagen’s plans call for a continuation of fossil fuel powertrains, saying diesel drives are part of the solution, not part of the problem, in 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 Volkswagen CEO Matthias Müller. “We are putting almost EUR 20 billion into our conventional vehicle and drive portfolio in 2018, with a total of more than €90 billion (about $144.5 billion Canadian) scheduled over the next five years.
“The future of mobility is gradually taking shape, as is the future of the Volkswagen Group. We are financially robust and strategically well-positioned,” he concluded. “Things are really moving. And we have plans for much more. A change of course for the Volkswagen supertanker – full speed ahead to the future!”