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Volkswagen has already announced plans to introduce several new electric models, but now the larger Volkswagen Group of brands is following suit.
Volkswagen AG (VOW.XE) said Tuesday that it plans to expand its range of electric cars in the coming years-in what it refers to as an "electrical offensive"-following the launch of its I.D. Crozz II sports utility vehicle".
VW will not be dropping combustion engines entirely yet as the infrastructure for electric vehicles is now not in place, Mueller told the BBC.
Doing that is going to require plenty of batteries.
VW said it would require capacity equivalent to at least four gigafactories to power the vastly increased fleet of electric cars.
In a matter of years, you may be seeing a lot more electric Volkswagen vehicles on the road.
Here, the I.D. Crozz concept wears a redesigned body which appears closer to production compared to the earlier Shanghai concept, now with headlamps slightly redesigned over the earlier car's.
VW group's first big wave of EVs will be built on this, the MEB architecture. But those plans will be dwarfed by Volkswagen's electrification push. Some of the models attracting the most industry attention will include: Audi's A8 four-door sedan with an eight-speed transmission and all-wheel drive; the eighth generation of the Rolls-Royce Phantom; and a new version of Volkswagen's Polo compact, which comes in gasoline and, yes, diesel versions.
"We are having some thoughts regarding "make or buy" concerning the electric chain of motors, we will move the components part back to within the company, but not the battery chemicals part", said the PSA executive Patrice Lucas. The I.D. Crozz was revealed to the public for the first time on Monday. Range is quoted as being 310 miles (500km) on the NEDC cycle.
Automakers will be eager to show off technologies that can help people get around without owning a auto. Which means every Porsche, Lamborghini, Bentley, and Bugatti-among other nameplates-will be forced to offer an electric-powered or electric-assisted version of every auto by then. I don't know if the levitating gnome will survive the focus groups, though. Video shot and edited by Jennifer Hahn.