Volkswagen In Rush Mode With First Dedicated Electric Car


VW Pushing To Launch New EVs, SUV Concept To Debut In Shanghai

First dedicated production EV by the brand to be launched by 2020.

Volkswagen will accelerate the process of launching production electric vehicles in order to be able to meet the ever stricter European emissions standards. The German manufacturer wants to have its first dedicated EV on the market by the end of the decade, company executives, quoted by Automotive News, declared.

“It’s a very tight time plan for 2020, but we need the cars then to comply with our fleet targets. So, it’s a necessity to achieve the launch dates, but it’s well on the way,” Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess told analysts at VW’s headquarters last week.

$10 says the doors on the Volkswagen I.D. don’t live to see production

The first dedicated EV of the brand will be based on the new MEB platform, and its design is expected to get a final approval in August this year. It will be a Golf-sized hatchback, influenced by the I.D. concept revealed in Paris last year.

The brand has reportedly already confirmed the launch of two additional vehicles, based on the same MEB architecture. The first one will be an electric SUV, which is rumored to be previewed by a study at the upcoming Shanghai show in April. It will be launched after 2020 and will be followed two years later by a minibus with semi-autonomous technologies, inspired by the I.D. Buzz concept.

The European Union wants manufacturers to reduce the average CO2 emissions to 95 grams per kilometer by 2021, while the Chinese government wants to restrict the average fuel consumption to five liters per 100 kilometers, or roughly 117 grams CO2 per kilometer.

“This five-liter target is as challenging as the 95-gram CO2 target in Europe for 2020. In addition, China is on the way to implementing really the most challenging emission regulations worldwide,” VW China chief Jochem Heizmann commented.

Source: Automotive News

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2020 is rush mode? Yawn.

Yea,VW What’s the Rush ? Relax & take your time. Don’t be so Hasty !… lol…BTW..I would never buy a EV with ZER0 Charging Support Wether it’s Pay as you charge or what ever.

For their European and Chinese markets, VW should be well-covered already now, never mind in three years. Seriously, almost all European countries are seeing 150-350kW DCFC installed as we speak (write). There’ll be plenty in 2020 to charge at…

Plus they already sell the e-Golf. So whatever it is, its not their first EV.

Somebody needs to spend a little more time doing the editors job on the site. Reporting quality has dropped a lot.

My initial thoughts as well. A site that touts itself as EV centric needs to get this stuff right.

“Dedicated” means the chassis is designed to accomodate batteries, not have them fitted afterward.

The current e-Golf chassis was specifically designed to support ICE, hybrid and BEV vehicles. The MEB platform is definitely BEV only. However that wasn’t what the article originally stated.

I’m a huge BEV booster, but the facts need to be accurate.

Editor added the word “dedicated” later. C’mon this is not wikipedia. You guys should not have to rely on users to figure out what is accurate.

Sorry, no one edited this story title at all…the word “dedicated” was always there.

So you are free to argue with what is “dedicated” and what constitutes “first”, but the title started, and is now “Volkswagen In Rush Mode With First Dedicated Electric Car”

One can check out/verify title changes (if inclined to) on our Twitter as it auto/instantly posts there when each story is published…we don’t support Twitter manually.

Chevy Volt shares the platform with Cruze. So Volt isn’t a dedicated phev, is it?

It’s just a reprinted story, but they needed to add first ev (based on the I.D. concept).

eGolf is not a DEDICATED EV. It’s conversion.

The market has spoken . . . conversions are lame. The only way to build a really good pure EV is to start with a clean sheet.

It’s not the title that’s wrong, it’s this statement in the article:

“The German manufacturer wants to have its first EV on the market by the end of the decade…”

Now, if it had said “…its first designed-from-the-ground-up EV on the market…” then that might have been correct.

Yes, the title and the story references “dedicated”, but one of the sentences fails to re-iterate/follow-thru on that…which I think is causing the issue of confusion. Will add in another “dedicated” there to keep it consistent

Not a conversion. One of the explicit (and publicized) design goals of the 7th-gen Golf platform was accomodating multiple drivetrain types: ICE, PHEV, BEV, CNG and Hydrogen FCEV.

That doesn’t of course mean that such a design can be as good as a ground-up BEV: Pretty much by definition, needing to reserve space for engine, transmission & driveshaft means less efficient space usage for the BEV variant.

Jack of all trades, master of none.

Go China, having the EU and China on similar schedules should ensure that if the US pulls back regulations, global carmakers will continue to move forward.

Hope they’re copying the BMW i3 REX.
The infrastructure just isn’t there.

For their European and Chinese markets, VW should be well-covered already now, never mind in three years. Seriously, almost all European countries are seeing 150-350kW DCFC installed as we speak (write). There’ll be plenty in 2020 to charge at…

The only cure for the likes of VW is a Tesla Model 3 with 300 miles. If this proves true in June this year then we can expect VW to be in a real rush.

A 2020 target will have to be much better than they have aimed at. Batteries are getting more capacity every year. Tesla now makes their own and jump ahead by 35% in 1 year in lower cost and added capacity.

I would expect a big company like VW to have thousands of engineers employed so why does it take them so long to develop a new car? I mean they already know how to make the 90% of the car that is exactly the same as any other car: seats, instrument cluster, air conditioning units, entertainment system, suspension and more. What’s left to design is the battery, charging system, electric motor with a reduction gear and an inverter/motor controller. None of this is revolutionary although you do need to get them right but it shouldn’t take more than 3 years to figure it out. They have already been at it for a couple of years so it will be at least 5+ years in the making by 2020.

It’s ground up and most of the parts are not interchangeable. A brand new vehicle takes time. Still 2020 does not seem like a rush.

All new car models take time to develop. Jay Cole has said the usual development period is five years. That can possibly, maybe, at the very best, be cut in half. But adding more people to the project only helps so far. As has been said: “Nine women cannot make a baby in one month.”

On the other hand, I do agree with you to the extent that you’d think VW would already have had one or more pure BEVs in development, so it is surprising that they can’t do this sooner than 2020. But then… do they really want to? Maybe the corporate strategy is “Well, those higher fuel standards don’t kick in until 2020, so let’s put off getting a dedicated BEV platform into production until then.”

It’s hard for me to take any of VW’s claims seriously, between the lies of dieselgate and all their claims about putting various concept cars into production; claims which almost never become reality.

What about Ford, FCA, Toyota, Honda, Subaru, Peugeot Citroen etc. Where are their advanced designs? It’s fun to pick on VW ’cause they were dishonest, but let’s be fair: they’re trying.

It’s amusing to me that most of the commenters here seem to have no clue how much is involved in developing, testing, verifying, and manufacturing a new vehicle platform. Having followed the development of the Volt from 2007-2010, I can appreciate that VW would be rushing the IDS to have one on sale by 2020.

As for infrastructure, look at how VW is spending their “dieselgate” penalty money. It seems that they are trying to build up a super-charger-type network. But since it is a penalty, it will supports ALL EV manufacturers, not another proprietary network like Tesla’s.

Overall, VWs efforts could be a HUGE boon to the EV industry.

Thanks, but no thanks. We will never buy a car from a German manufacturer again. They have lost, period. But I am sure people are forgiving enough or just don’t care and will buy their “great” innovations again.

We’ll stick to Tesla instead, the only company in the business trying to make a difference and well worth supporting!

VW is lucky that the plug-in transition has gone so slow because they have made SO MANY mistakes:

1) First they put their chips on diesel. That ended in the dieselgate disaster.
2) They also dissed batteries and focused hard on fuel cell cars. Fuel cell cars have gone nowhere.
3) They then build several conversions like their eGolf. But conversions are lame.

No wonder they are scrambling to build a dedicated EV.

35 kwh eGolf would be really good start,IF VW will price it right. They already have a car,if they REALLY want to prove they are serious about going into EV market than just price it in below 30 kwh Leaf and with good lease deals and voila – you will become player in EV market. For time being they are still dragging they feet . All posing ,bulls*** and future promises.Bring on MS3 and new Leaf to teach them a lesson.

I don’t see why VW has to price the superior e-Golf below the LEAF. I own both cars, and there is simply no comparison when it comes to comfort, driving experience, and overall quality. The LEAF is a flimsy, floaty, unplanted rattlebox compared to the e-Golf. Oh, and don’t get me started on the battery capacity issues on the early LEAFs. IMHO, of course!

“$10 says the doors on the Volkswagen I.D. don’t live to see production”.
I disagree!
Plenty of existing production vehicles already use the conventional front door and sliding rear door with no pillar configuration and it’s pretty popular because it provides really great access to the rear seats.
I’d take that over some stupid bendy overhead computer controlled nonsense some other vendors have opted for.

If they start now, they will never get it ready for launch in 2020. I hope they already started this 3 years ago…