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Firm to invest more than £50 billion to launch 75 EVs and 60 hybrids in the next decade
James Attwood, digital editor
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15 November 2019

The Volkswagen Group has further expanded its electrification plans, with a commitment to spend more than £50 billion on the development of electric and hybrid technology in the next five years.

The investment plan for 2020 to 2024 – involving around £28 billion to be spent on electric models and £23 on hybrid and digital tech – has been approved by the Volkswagen Group Supervisory Board at a Planning Round meeting. The Volkswagen Group says that represents an increase in research spending of around 10 percentage points from the previous investment plan.

As part of the plan, Volkswagen Group chiefs have further expanded the planned roll-out of electrified models for the next ten years across its brands, which include Audi, Bentley, Porsche, Seat, Skoda and Volkswagen. It aims to launch up to 75 all-electric models – five more than previous plans outlined earlier this year – and around 60 hybrids. 

The Volkswagen Group now plans to produce around 26 million fully electric cars and nearly six million hybrids by the end of 2029. Notably, of the 26 million full EVs, it expects around 20 million to be based on its bespoke MEB platform, which is being introduced with the Volkswagen ID 3, with “most of” the remaining six million to use the high-performance PPE platform that's being developed by Porsche and Audi.

That six million car target for the PPE platform is the clearest indicator yet that it will be widely used throughout the Volkswagen Group, and not just by Audi and Porsche. The architecture is designed for full-size luxury cars and SUVs, and features an 800V system that's capable of 350kW fast-charging.

Volkswagen Group boss Herbert Diess said the plans show that the firm would “step up the pace again in the coming years with our investments.” He added: “Hybridisation, electrification and digitalisation of our fleet are becoming an increasingly important area of focus. We intend to take advantage of economies of scale and achieve maximum synergies.”

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15 November 2019
Do you mean a 10 percent increase? If you really mean percentage points then it's only useful if you provide the base or base increase from which the increase is made. e.g. the company had previously increased its electrification budget by 20% and it is now indicating a 10 percentage point increase in the increase [to 30% - a 50% increase] or e.g.2 the company had previously allocated 30% of its budget to electrification and it is now indicating a 10 percentage point increase [to 40% - a 33% increase].

I've just done a search for another report. Apparently its a 10 percentage point increase from 30% of their budget, to 40% - so it's a 33% increase in the proportion of their budget that they're allocating to electrification.

Perhaps there's a way of putting it that makes clear both the proportion of the budget newly being added, as well as the new proportion and the absolute amount. e.g. "The company have increased the proportion of their budget being spent on electrification from 30% to 40%, now representing more than £50B of investment"

15 November 2019
Considering that Volkswagen offload most of its wares in China, it is appropriate to quote a Chinese saying that goes Talk does not cook rice.

16 November 2019
Electric cars make up 2% of the market, but it is as if there is no other news.

16 November 2019
eseaton wrote:

Electric cars make up 2% of the market, but it is as if there is no other news.

6 of the last 50 news articles on Autocar were about BEV's. Seems about right, given ICE cars don't have a very bright future.

16 November 2019

Is this really a headline? Surely every manufacturer is going to invest in further electrification expansion?

db

17 November 2019

Vw better get that money spent quick before the many court cases against their past exploits catches up with them !

17 November 2019

theres so much oil, why do we bother?

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