VW's EV model could also have a range of 310 miles and a 15-minute recharge time
3 May 2016

The VW Group can leapfrog its rivals in electric car technology if it achieves scale across all of its brands effectively, according to the firm’s technical development boss, Frank Welsch.

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Volkswagen boss Matthias Müller revealed at the Geneva motor show that the firm would launch an electric family car with a range of 500km (310 miles) and a recharge time of 15 minutes for a price lower than that of an equivalent Golf. Insiders had previously told Autocar that the VW Group’s highest management sees the potential for it to be the first iconic electric car and the perfect vehicle to banish memories of the Dieselgate emissions scandal.

“The MEB platform toolkit gives us the perfect opportunity to gain scale by using the platform solution in as many ways as possible,” said Welsch. “If we can achieve scale then all sorts of things will become open to us, from reduced costs to faster R&D.”

Welsch also revealed that a heavily revamped VW e-Golf will go on sale at the end of this year or early next year, with a claimed electric range of 186 miles, up from the current model’s 118 miles. “Cell technology is moving forward quickly,” he said, “and will move even faster in future.”

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3 May 2016
I think VW are getting a bit ahead of themselves in the search for good publicity. If they archive this it'll be the beginning of the end of the ICE as we know it with so few being sold they're be uneconomical to produce/progress.

 

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3 May 2016
xxxx wrote:

I think VW are getting a bit ahead of themselves in the search for good publicity. If they archive this it'll be the beginning of the end of the ICE as we know it with so few being sold they're be uneconomical to produce/progress.

"Archive" rather than "achieve". Who knew that autocorrect had a vacuous hype filter?

bol

3 May 2016
But VW is getting a bit of a reputation for vapourware. Lots of promise and not a lot of delivery just yet. I think they might have missed the boat in terms of first iconic electric car - I wonder if they've heard of the tesla model 3? I'm a VW fan, but this is all a bit embarrassing

3 May 2016
These comments seem to reflect a common view on where price for battery electricity density is taking us. about 6 years time seems to be the date when predicted prices for EVs becomes less than ICE cars.

The projections on recharge times are based on the next generation CCS standard which VW is part of (along with GM, BMW, M-B, ABB etc.) VAG has mentioned this in the figures for the Porsche and Audi EVs.

I think the big disrupter could be China. China is investing heavily in EV tech. BYD is already the biggest producer of EVs. As soon as the domestic industry is able to cope I guess we'll see China banning ICEs, certainly from cities and possibly elsewhere. China of course has been massively profitable for many car companies including VAG.

3 May 2016
VW will present an EV with 500 miles of range (and hope that we don't see all the black smoke coming out the back!!)

11 May 2016
I'm not surprised that VW suddenly wants in to the electric game, especially after what they did with their whole emissions fiasco. Going the electric or hybrid route will entirely take that point off the table for them! Haha! But in all honesty, VW still makes good cars, so it'll still be something to watch as they come up with cars that will join the rest of the sustainable future fleets of the world. I'll definitely be keeping tabs on what will happen in their R&D departments!

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