Volkswagen Announces New BEV Platform For China

JUL 10 2018 BY VANJA KLJAIC 11

Volkswagen set to establish a new China R&D center with a focus on developing electric vehicles

For Volkswagen Group China, expanding into this vast market is a high priority. With the rise of China’s purchasing power, the ever stricter local and government pollution regulation, electric cars are going to be the norm even in the world’s most populous country. Furthermore, the company has been hit heavily with the diesel emission scandal and its now scrambling both to clear its name, but also, to introduce cleaner and more future-proof models in the near future.

That being said, in order to further reinforce the Sino-German cooperation, as well as to provide additional support to the Volkswagen Group China’s quest to become a leader in e-mobility, VW is set to introduce the Seat brand to China by 2020/2021. The Volkswagen Chinese division is set to combine forces with Anhui Jianghuai Automobile Group Corp., Ltd. (JAC) and SEAT in order to establish a new China R&D center.

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The R&D center is envisioned to perform work that will create viable solutions in several key areas: electric vehicle development, connectivity, autonomous driving technologies, and ultimately,  developing a competitive platform for battery electric vehicles (BEV). All key areas are set to be tackled with specific Chinese market requirements in mind. In turn, this will create a unique set of goals for all of the partners and push Volkswagen to currently unexplored territories. The R&D center – alongside with all the relevant parts and components and core technologies – is set for a 2021 completion date.

Ultimately, the goal of this partnership is to develop a competitive vehicle platform that brings several key developments in the field of e-mobility. In turn, it will allow Volkswagen to develop 40 locally-produced electric vehicle models for the Chinese market within the next 7-8 years. This is all part of the comprehensive electrification initiative “Roadmap E,” set forth by the company. Strong efforts and contributions are expected from JAC Volkswagen, FAW-Volkswagen, SAIC VOLKSWAGEN and Volkswagen Group China in the following years. All of this will play a key role in Volkswagen Group’s e-mobility plans for China for the next few years.

Source: Green Car Congress

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What will VW be doing in the CURRENT decade?

In the next Decade VW will be Doing Nothing But Blowing smoke Up Everyone’s Butts…Business as Usual…

That’s not how it works, man. You have to give people time to forget what you say otherwise they may hold you accountable.

I love how VW had to get caught and be forced onto the EV train, and now that they’re there, you’d think they were there from the beginning. And that somehow they have everyone’s best interests in mind, AFTER it was revealed they’ve bilked the world for countless $billions for decades with their intentional diesel ruse. What everyone forgets is VW would still be soaking everyone for cash had they not been caught. They didn’t come to the party on their own, and yet somehow now they look like the conquering hero returning home. Granted, the end result appears to be something good, but I can see why Chargepoint takes issue with being directly on the receiving end of the “punishment” that is Electrify America.

https://blogs.duanemorris.com/greenip/2018/01/16/ev-charging-station-company-loses-partnership-bid-sues-winner/

They made two EV models before the diesel emission mess. Tesla, and the progress in EVs AND rules and regulations where normal ICE cars will be banned in just a few years (7 years in Norway, for example) is also important reasons.

Try to sell a NON plugs in vehicle in Norway, and over 50% of the customers will not Even consider your brand.
Those 50% is increasing with almost 5-10% every year.

I don’t know anybody that are looking for å new car that don’t want an EV. For some, there is no EV that do the job, and at least not for the price they can pay- and there are cars used by companies- that has useless range (tiny, medium and large panel vans for example).
Price and incentives are important.

Good points. Dieselgate just sped up their timelines I suppose.

From article: “…The Volkswagen Chinese division is set to combine forces with Anhui Jianghuai Automobile Group Corp., Ltd. (JAC) and SEAT in order to establish a new China R&D center… The R&D center – alongside with all the relevant parts and components and core technologies…”
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Translation: Germany to China manufacturing IP transfer… cost of doing business in China.

So with this VW deal China has basically architected an IP flow check-valve… IP flows into China but does not flow back out. After the IP host had been sucked dry then the host will be slowly phased out.

“… China issues new rules tightening up of overseas transfers of intellectual property rights… On 29 March 2018, the Chinese State Council released the External Transfer of Intellectual Property Rights Measures (for trial implementation) (the IPR Overseas Transfer Measures) providing for further governmental scrutiny of overseas transfers of IPR from the People’s Republic of China (PRC or China), with a focus on the impact of such transfers on national security and/or the impact on the development capabilities for certain key industries in China…” source:
https://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=6db605a9-c798-490d-ac61-1dd2ca8b1152

I would guess the reason why they choose to develop products for China IN China, is to be able to control what technology they need to transfer.
The most competetive stuff would be placed in cars in the West, where the competition showes their best, in order to sell.

The so called technology transfer is in many cases just pure copies of another company’s IP and product.
I have fixed scooters that were made in China, where the entire engine could also use Yamaha parts .
The same goes with a really cheap Chinese outboard engine I bought last year. I payed less for a 50HP engine, as for a 9.9HP engine in Norway. With almost no development cost, and easy to source parts from either Yamaha, or one of at least two Chinese knock offs.

Just around the corner!

So who is JAC Anhui Jianghuai Automobile Group Corp?

Answer:

A Chinese state-owned automobile and commercial vehicle manufacturer with a mission:

“…The “New Red Amy” Spirit… Dedicated to the progress of China’s automobile industry and committed to developing into a leading Chinese automaker with international competitiveness… JAC is ready to enhance its superiority in technology, manufacturing…” source:

http://jacen.jac.com.cn/about-jac/about_video.html

JAC’ mission is not new… Way Back Machine says:

“…JAC Group Company has made development strategies and targets for future five years, that is adhere to, dedicate to the progress of national automobile industry of China, base upon independent innovation, develop self-dependent brand, and grow JAC Group Company to be a leading carmaker of China possessing international competitive competence…” source Way Back Machine:

https://web.archive.org/web/20110707034128/http://apps.ah.gov.cn/showcontent.asp?newsid=229