The company says achieving climate targets has become a “primary objective” and massive resources are being allocated in a money-no-object assault on emissions. Developments include a wide range of hybrid, electric and advanced combustion-engine technologies. he 95g/km CO2 fleet average set for 2020 is likely to fall well below that by 2030. To meet that challenge, electrification of powertrains will be essential for all manufacturers.
Volkswagen is forecasting that 25% of its cars will be battery-electric by 2025, with more than 50% being electrified in some way, compared with just 3% today. Research is also continuing into bio and synthetic fuels as well as synthetic natural gas.
Fast plug-in hybrids and electric cars:
VW already has the electric e-Golf and e-Up, as well as Golf and Passat GTE plug-in hybrids, and it is developing the range further. Current hybrids are fitted with a seven-speed DSG transmission with built-in 60bhp electric motor/ generator. Engineers are also working on a ‘GTI’ prototype, called the Golf GTE Performance, where software changes boost acceleration in electric-only mode up to an unlimited speed if the battery is sufficiently charged. An all-new seven-speed DSG transmission, waiting to enter production, can also support full-hybrid drives.
￼￼Petrol technology gets a boost: