Volkswagen To Launch 20 Electric Vehicles In China Over Next Few Years

3 years ago by Mark Kane 9

Volkswagen e-Golf & e-up!

Volkswagen e-Golf & e-up!

Audi A3 Sportback e-tron

Audi A3 Sportback e-tron

According to Reuters, Volkswagen Group plans to introduce over 20 New Energy Vehicles on the Chinese market by the end of 2018. So, in just over three years.

The German carmaker would like to capitalizes on Beijing’s support for low-emission vehicles.

“By 2020 there could be “some hundred thousand” pure electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles in China under Volkswagen Group, most of which would be locally made, Jochem Heizmann, head of Volkswagen Group China, said on Tuesday.”

“In the near future, Volkswagen will be offering Chinese drivers over 20 new energy vehicles, from small cars to large-sized SUVs, from plug-in hybrids to pure electric cars,” Heizmann said in Shanghai.”

First model this year will be the e-up!, while e-Golf and Golf GTE will come next year.

Volkswagen Group can introduce the plug-in Passat and electrified models from other brands like Audi and Porsche.

Reuters

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9 responses to "Volkswagen To Launch 20 Electric Vehicles In China Over Next Few Years"

  1. Autocorrect mistake? re: ‘energy’ vs. ‘electric’

    “Volkswagen Group plans to introduce over 20 New Energy Vehicles on the Chinese market by the end of 2018.” – InsideEVs opening statement.

    “Volkswagen … Europe’s biggest carmaker, plans to launch more than 20 models of battery-driven cars in China by the end of 2018” – Reuters opening statement.

    On “battery-driven cars” vs. “Energy Vehicles”. 😉

    1. tftf says:

      Chinese officials call these cars “NEVs” aka “New Energy Vehicles” in their translated documents and legislation (free license plates) so I guess VW used the same term.

      FAW-Volkswagen will probably be the JV used to make such models locally.

    2. Mikael says:

      New Energy Vehicles = A New Energy Vehicle(NEV) is defined as a vehicle which uses alternative fuel technologies and electrification technologies. It refers to vehicles using unconventional vehicle fuels as a power source, or vehicles using conventional fuels with new automotive propulsion systems, advanced integrated vehicle dynamics control and driving technologies.

      A NEV is not the same as a battery vehicle though so according to the article the specific type of NEVs that VW will be using are PHEV’s and BEV’s and no FCEV’s or biogas or whatever.

    3. Thanks … learnt something: “New-Energy Vehicle Program” is China’s initivitive to electrify vehicles (2012-2020). As Mikael notes; the main focus is BEVs & PHEVs while decommissioning high-emission ICE-Vs.

  2. Will VW sell 20 EV models in the rest of the world, too?

    I hope so.

    1. Mikael says:

      Definitely in Europe. Probably not in the rest of the world unless regulations get tighter.

  3. DaveMart says:

    VW are now more of a Chinese company of German origin.
    They sold 45% of their cars there Jan-Oct, for 2,300,000 sales as against 483,500 in Germany, and 301,200 in the US:

    http://www.greencarcongress.com/2014/11/20141112-vwoctober.html

    Home for a company is where the sales are, and for the VW group that is China.

    Expect their PHEVs to be conformant with the Chinese ZEV city car regs of 50 km on the NEDC.

    They are conducting a major build out of capacity and sales drive in NA, but China will remain by far their largest market and is growing swiftly.

      1. DaveMart says:

        I don’t understand your argument.

        Are you saying VW would be better off without 45% of its sales in case its technology leaks?

        Technology always leaks, the challenge is to stay ahead of the game.
        $13.5 invested in R & D in 2013, much of it presumably courtesy of its Chinese sales, gives VW a pretty good shot at staying ahead.