Volkswagen Phaeton To Be "Redefined" As An All-Electric Flagship
Separately today, we discuss in detail a major plug-in related announcement made by Volkswagen in the wake of its Dieselgate scandal. (which can be read here)
But for now, this all-electric Phaeton revelation from VW is the breaking news as part of that new plug-in commitment:
Phaeton redefined – the future is electric
The Volkswagen Phaeton has embodied the brand’s technological competence and brand ambition from the first generation onward. The future generation of the Phaeton will once again be the flagship for the brand’s profile over the next decade. In light of this, the Board of Management redefined the current project. The specification features a pure electric drive with long-distance capability, connectivity and next-generation assistance systems as well as an emotional design.
In North America, The VW Phaeton Is Identified As The Audi A8
This new Phaeton looks to be the first of VW's new "MEB electric toolkit", which Volkswagen describes as:
"... (a) standardized system will be designed for all body structures and vehicle types, thus allowing particularly emotional vehicle concepts, and will enable an all-electric range of 250 to 500 kilometers."
That's right folks, Volkswagen is going pure electric in its flagship model. This long-range electric car will head VW's future electrification efforts.
If you happen to reside in North America, the VW Phaeton may not ring any bells with you - which is because the car is marketed solely as the Audi A8.
As both the A8 and Phaeton are sold in Europe (and elsewhere) we are unsure what this means for the Audi, but we suspect that it will also be at least available as a fully electric offering as well.