Volkswagen Development Chief: Expect 50% More Electric Range by 2016 – 300% More by 2020
At the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, German automaker Volkswagen stole the show in regards to production plug-ins on the stage.
Some still say VW is not serious when it comes to plug-ins, but that mindset will have to start changing soon.
VW development chief Heinz-Jakob Neusser was tracked down by Autocar in Geneva for comment on EVs. Neusser made it known that VW is fully committed to developing BEV vehicles and that the automaker expects to be able to offer an EV with 50% more range than today’s BEVs (~80-ish miles) by 2016.
Beyond that, VW is working towards a goal of 300% more range by 2020. This improvement will definitely require next-generation battery technology (solid state?), but that fact that VW admits that EVs with that range will have mass market appeal means that Volkswagen knows the end goal.
Improve today’s average range (~80 miles) by 300% and EVs takeover.