Volkswagen: Electric Cars Allow For Increased Interior Space
It’s a well-know fact that electric cars with the Tesla-like skateboard platform allow for increased interior and cargo room.
Volkswagen has now acknowledged this benefit of purpose-built electric cars by telling Autocar that the pure electric powertrain will result in cars with more spacious interiors.
That’s according to Volkswagen’s head of technology, Franck Welsch, who spoke of the automaker’s Budd-e pure electric concept car, which sits on the automaker’s MLB platform
“MLB delivers lots of advantages, and obviously there are several around the size of the powertrain and the greatly reduced need for cooling, Clearly that opens potential for better proportions around the footprint – you can push the cabin further to the edges to give more room to occupants.”
“But we are clear that we need attractive design, while making use of all the advantages the MLB offers. If you were to describe it as a Passat on the inside with the footprint of a Golf, that might lead you to the sort of advantage we hope to gain.”
“Yes, electrification offers an all-new way of looking at cars,but we don’t want to lose customers – we have to balance these factors while pushing to show what we can do. Customers like good design, interior space, comfort, a car that is fun to drive and more – we cannot compromise in any single area.”
Electric cars don’t require compromise, as Tesla has proven. What Volkswagen needs to deliver on is high range at an affordable price (the latter of which is not all that important for Tesla).