Volkswagen: we are able to make 50 million electric cars

Nov

12

2018

Herbert Diess, the director of the German car manufacturer Volkswagen, told a German car magazine that his company is capable of producing 50 million electric cars. He says that batteries have been purchased for 50 million vehicles.

Diess says in Automobilwoche that Volkswagen’s plans for a platform and the production lines for electric vehicles and the acquisition of car batteries will make it possible to produce 50 million electric vehicles. He did not say, however, which period it is exactly; a Volkswagen spokesperson says to the Autoblog website that this number is a theoretical long-term goal, which is about the MEB platform from Volkswagen.

According to Reuters , Volkswagen is open to join a German consortium responsible for the production of battery cells. This plan will be discussed at a high level within the Volkswagen Group next Friday. The car manufacturer already has billions of contracts with suppliers such as LG Chem and the Chinese Contemporary Amperex Technology, but Diess thinks that Germany should get rid of this Asian dependency when it comes to batteries. Sources from Reuters report that it concerns the German companies Varta Microbattery, BASF and Ford-Werke.

The ID family will be released on the basis of the MEB platform. These are all kinds of models, including the ID Neo, a hatchback that comes in different configurations and batteries. Volkswagen also wants to come with a Tesla competitor that will cost less than 20,000 euros. The first models must be on the market from 2020.

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