Volkswagen Group Details its Plug-In Heavy Automotive Future


The Earlier Concept Golf Blue e-Motion Was The Pre-Cursor To Both The All Electric e-Golf And the 2014 Golf PHEV

The Earlier Concept Golf Blue e-Motion Was The Pre-Cursor To Both The All Electric e-Golf And the 2014 Golf PHEV

Much of the Volkswagen Groups’ future e-mobility plans are already known to us, but when an automaker issues a press blast that sums up its entire plugged-in future in just a few brief paragraphs, it’s hard to pass on, well, passing the info along.

Audi A3 e-tron

Audi A3 e-tron

As part of its grand approach to e-mobility, the Volkswagen Group will launch at least 6 plug-in hybrid vehicles in 2014 and beyond.

Oliver Schmidt, Volkswagen Group’s general manager of engineering and environmental, says the automotive conglomerate will wheel out both pure electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids, which will add to the Group’s existing lineup of five conventional hybrids.  In this way, VW Group will offer at least a couple of all the basic types of electrified vehicles (BEV, PHEV and HEV).

Volkswagen Group’s 5 conventional hybrid offerings include the VW Touareg, Porsche Cayenne S, Audi Q5, Porsche Panamera S and VW Jetta.  Hybrid versions of both the Audi A6 and Auid A8 are coming soon.

So, hybrids are everywhere in the VW Group’s stable, but where are the plug-in vehicles?  Quoting Schmidt, who somehow managed to omit the upcoming Audi A3 e-tron plug-in hybrid:

“In Europe, first we launch the two BEVs, the up! or small compact car and the Golf. We will launch the Porsche 918 [plug-in hybrid]. Then in ’14 and beyond the products that we want to do are plug-in hybrids for the bigger Audis. We want to have a plug-in hybrid version of the European Passat. The European Passat sits on a different platform than the US Passat. Then the plug-in hybrid Golf, and of course there will be more vehicles coming.”

VW's Petrol Version of the Up! Won World Car Of The Year In 2012

VW’s Petrol Version of the Up! Won World Car Of The Year In 2012

Note that “launch” here refers to the global launch of a specific vehicle somewhere around the globe.  It could be a launch in China, Germany or even the US.  Schmidt is not offering specific details on where each vehicle will launch first, nor is he saying which countries will get each particular plug-in.

Here in the US, we know we’ll get the Golf BEV and plug-in hybrid Golf.  The Porsche 918 Spyder is sold out everywhere, so that matters not to us.  The electric Up! is not likely to be offered in the US and the plug-in hybrid “bigger Audis” seem unlikely to be US-bound.

But what’s most important here is VW Group’s outstanding commitment to electrify a significant amount of vehicles in the near future.  When the ball starts rolling, it’s difficult to stop.

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It is really noteworthy that VW group will not sell the very vehicle that can make a real market global shift, the range extender EV (REEV). Even if they have full control of the technology like demonstrated in the Audi A1 E-Tron equipped with a compact Wankel generator, they stubbornly deny the public access to that technology for an unknown reason, leaving people wonder why. As rumbles goes, it can be to protect their existing old steam machine cars, to obey oil company pressures of some kind or to protect themselves from a runaway market shift they are afraid of losing control of. Whatever it is, it really become more then annoying, to say the least, why they just keep refusing to put a REEV on the market. BMW is going to put the BMW i3 with Rex on the market, the world’s very first commercially available REEV and since VW group is so much larger then BMW, it only increases the puzzle to why VW refuses. Ferdinand Piëch has the answer, but we just don’t hear him telling it.

Are any of the aforementioned plugin cars on the market now so that we can go and buy them?

No?! Then the ball has not started rolling yet, for all we know VAG is making nothing but smoke, and InsideEVs is basically propagating it.

If you’ve been paying attention to EVs for any length of time, they were all announced ahead of time before they were released – as are normal ICE vehicles. InsideEVs is merely letting you know what VW themselves have said. If VW doesn’t follow through, than VW is the one that was ‘propogating’ info.

Are you saying website shouldn’t report on any car that can’t be purchased right now ?

Yes, except that it is taking an awful long time for VW and BMW to put anything on the market and show that they are serious about plugins. It doesn’t matter what they say until then and it is really not helpful to anyone else for InsideEVs to repeat their marketing BS.

In the meantime they are fighting CARB to kill its ZEV mandate, again!

Hopefully the plug-in Golf will have an EPA rated electric range above 30 miles….