Volkswagen to Host “Electrified” Conference in Berlin

FEB 1 2014 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 15

On March 12, Volkswagen will hold its annual press and investor conference.

Volkswagen e-Up! is VW's First Mass Production EV

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However, that’s not newsworthy.

What is newsworthy is that VW will host the conference in Berlin instead of the usual site of Wolfsburg and that the conference will have the motto of “electrified.”

The conference will feature the automaker’s plug-in lineup and those vehicles will be there for press and public to see and to drive.

VW has declared 2014 a “key year of electric mobility.”

Let’s hope VW sticks to what it’s been saying for awhile now and delivers on its various EV promises, including the goal of becoming the worldwide leader in plug-in sales by 2018.

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Here is something I never thought would happen: ‘Volkswagen wouldn’t be drawn on details of the system the Polo will adopt, beyond saying that it will be different to that adopted for the Golf. One key reason for this is because the latter vehicle is based on Volkwagen’s modular MQB platform, whereas the current-generation Polo still uses the older PQ25 underpinnings. “The technology will differ,” said Ekkehard Pott of Volkswagen’s powertrain development team. “We don’t have the same platform, so we have to make vehicle-specific adaptions.” Pott believed the plug-in hybrid system could work well with a supermini such as the Polo, where urban journeys could be undertaken on silent electric power.’ http://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/new-cars/volkswagen-polo-get-plug-hybrid-and-natural-gas-power So instead of waiting for the product cycle to end, and a new multi-drive compatible platform to be available, they are hurrying matters and spending big bucks by improvising. That smells of panic to me! Why would they panic? For reasons given on this forum. Nissan with their surveys of how much people would be prepared to pay for 150 miles of range in the Leaf. Renault hint: ‘ Named by EuroNCAP as the best supermini ZOE has already sold 10,000 units and has more surprises in… Read more »

VW has been the leader in EV technology for two years…on paper…er!…PR paper. Do you think they are actually going to produce something more than compliance iron?

Compliance plastic? 😉

No!

The sales of the e-UP put VW at 13th spot of brands for 2013. And just counting the december sales they would have been 9th brand.

Maybe not top 5 in 2014 but surely top 7.

I’m completely numb to manufacturers claims big stuff with little momentum to back it up.

I suspect “EV” really means diesel hybrids instead of competing head to head with Tesla in 2017.

You’re probably right – VW loves their diesels! Ford is another company that talks a lot about “electrified” vehicles, when they really mostly mean traditional (non-plug-in) hybrids.

I tend to be skeptical, although I haven’t gone numb yet. I’m still going to withhold judgement until March. We’ll have a better idea after the conference.

Agreed, they all talk talk talk but to date the only major manufacturer to fully invest in EVs is the Nissan/Renault group.

My favorite so far was the Mercedes 2023 “EV” that would have less performance than a 2012 Tesla Model S, plus it also used hydrogen.

With a large family that loves the outdoors I want Volkswagen to electrify the VW California and bring it to United States. I had an 86 Westfalia vanagon and loved it. If I could get a modern-day plug-in version I would buy it in a heartbeat. I give the chances slim to none But vw that’s what I want and Would love to put the cash down.

Here is something I never thought would happen:

‘Volkswagen wouldn’t be drawn on details of the system the Polo will adopt, beyond saying that it will be different to that adopted for the Golf. One key reason for this is because the latter vehicle is based on Volkwagen’s modular MQB platform, whereas the current-generation Polo still uses the older PQ25 underpinnings.

“The technology will differ,” said Ekkehard Pott of Volkswagen’s powertrain development team. “We don’t have the same platform, so we have to make vehicle-specific adaptions.”

Pott believed the plug-in hybrid system could work well with a supermini such as the Polo, where urban journeys could be undertaken on silent electric power.’

http://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/new-cars/volkswagen-polo-get-plug-hybrid-and-natural-gas-power

So instead of waiting for the product cycle to end, and a new multi-drive compatible platform to be available, they are hurrying matters and spending big bucks by improvising.

That smells of panic to me!

Why would they panic?

For reasons given on this forum.

Nissan with their surveys of how much people would be prepared to pay for 150 miles of range in the Leaf.
Renault hint:
‘ Named by EuroNCAP as the best supermini ZOE has already sold 10,000 units and has more surprises in store as we move into 2014…’

http://green.autoblog.com/2014/01/31/renault-zoe-ev-sells-10-000-units-in-first-year/

My personal take is that Renault are ready to go with a 150 mile battery, a bit ahead of the 2015 timeline the Nissan group gave in 2009 for their NMC, double density battery:

http://www.greencarcongress.com/2009/11/nissan-nmc-20091129.html

I think that is what Renault will offer as their cold weather battery for Norway.

What is VW going to do if Renault/Nissan electric cars get twice the range of theirs?

One answer is that they reckon that they can increase energy density themselves, as they said when they reinstated the Audi R8 E-tron for production, indicating that they could do 80% more range.

How long is that going to take them though, and how far ahead will Renault/Nissan be by then?

So as far as I am concerned, VW are in panic mode.

It’s going to be very interesting if another silicon valley company with big cash enter in the EV business. Then the old automaker will definitely be in panic mode.

If VW put their minds to it, they could give Nissan/Renault a run for their money. But that’s a big IF. For a company that was so anti-EV for so long … I’ll believe it when I see it. I may not be in Berlin next month, but I will be watching what VW has to do (and they cars they are ready to deliver to show rooms 😉 )

Agree with most of the points here that VW is in some respects a disappointing company, at least from American eyes. A few years ago they were hell-bent on becoming the biggest car manufacturer world wide, and they almost made it, reaching 3rd place (or sometimes even 2nd when Toyota was having various troubles), but their quality has suffered. Reliability is poor, the engines burn excessive amounts of oil, and in general they can’t compare with the philosophy of the old Porsche-designed vehicles.

Now they’ve Poisoned the Well a bit by overpromising on the EV front. If they come up with a decent product, all prior sins will be forgiven by the car buying public, but Time won’t wait for them. GM, Renault/Nissan, and even Tesla might even make them sweat a bit if they wait too many years longer.