Volkswagen Group Announces Goal Of 20 Additional Plug-In Electric Cars By 2020


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Prof. Martin Winterkorn, CEO of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft and Dr. Heinz-Jakob Neusser, Member of the Board of Management Volkswagen Brand for the Development Division, with the award for the new Passat on the afternoon before the Geneva International Motor Show

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:


14/09/15 from Volkswagen Group

20 more electric cars and plug-in hybrids by 2020 announced

Group not only has broadest electric fleet, but also largest connected vehicle fleet on the road

Categories: Audi, Porsche, Volkswagen


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16 Comments on "Volkswagen Group Announces Goal Of 20 Additional Plug-In Electric Cars By 2020"

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Will any of them have at least a 50 mile AER with a range extender?

A bigger question is will any of them actually be sold in the US?

And if they are imported to the US, will any be sold outside of California?

Kudos to BMW – the first new EVs available outside of California and “a few select coastal states” since 2012. Amazing when you think of it that way. And no – a rumored trickle of Smart EVs doesn’t count.

And will they be affordable (ie approximately $30k)?

Good question, this is what we need.

Yes, because the Voltec formula is the only one worth doing.

Hoping title is referring to number of ‘production models and not just announcement(s) of 20 electric cars (ie: just concepts).

“Volkswagen Group Announces Goal Of 20 Additional Plug-In Electric Cars By 2020″”

Remember when VW said that batteries were not good enough to power cars? Ah, good times.

I think Martin Winterkorn of VW might be for real. Here’s something he said way back in 2008:

“In the next few years, we are not going to do without gasoline and diesel motors, but the future belongs to the electric car,”

…and this group (VW + Audi + Porsche) is already third in worlwide pluggin sales figures in 2015, behind Nissan-Renault and BYD. That tells of an ambition.

What is “V-charge”? And does “Turbo Charging” refer to the Porsche DCFC at 800V?

VW may offer the most models, but they certainly don’t sell the most copies. It will be interesting to see if this new lineup can capture a better market share. Or better yet, flat-out increase the plug-in market size. Because THAT is what we really need!

A ‘goal’ does not mean that it can be reached this soon. If most of these are $200k to $800k hand-built cars, it’s a non-starter.

Now, if they stated “20% of all of our fleet in 2020 will be plug-in vehicles”… now THAT’s a goal.

Hurry up and get them out

BTW When is the eGolf going to be available in Canada and all 50 states?

When it becomes something more than just a CARB-Credit-Sucking Compliance Appliance, with longer range.