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Prof. Martin Winterkorn, CEO of Volkswagen and Dr. Heinz-Jakob Neusser, Member of the Board of Management Volkswagen Brand for the Development Division

Prof. Martin Winterkorn, CEO of Volkswagen and Dr. Heinz-Jakob Neusser, Member of the Board of Management Volkswagen Brand for the Development Division

At the opening of the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, Volkswagen Group CEO Dr. Martin Winterkorn announced bold plug-in electric car plans.

According to Winterkorn, the Volkswagen Group will introduce 20 additional plug-in electric cars on the market by 2020.  That adds to the more-than-a-handful of plug-in electric car offered by the Group today.

If Volkswagen Group can hit this target, then it's quite likely that no other automotive group will offer more plug-in cars than Volkswagen Group.  We should note that at this current point in time, no other automotive group offers more plug-in cars than Volkswagen Group, so in that sense, VW is already leading the way.

Here's what Dr. Winterkorn stated in front of the press at the opening of the show:

"We are in the process of reinventing Europe's largest automaker, laying the technological, economic and structural foundations."

"No commitment to electro-mobility can be any clearer than that."

"The Porsche Mission E and the Audi e-tron quattro concept are nothing less than a quantum leap for our industry." Both vehicles have an all-electric range of 500 kilometers. He went on to say that the "new Volkswagen Tiguan GTE embodies "our determination to systematically take the plug-in hybrid to further classes and segments." The Group was also showcasing forward-looking concepts and technologies for charging electric cars such as "V-Charge" (Volkswagen) and "Turbo Charging" (Porsche).

"We have the right cars. Now what is needed is the right framework for this key technology to really catch on."

Some additional info from the press release below:

PROF. DR. MARTIN WINTERKORN: "THE REINVENTION OF VOLKSWAGEN"

14/09/15 from Volkswagen Group

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