‘Group Sets Sights on Market Leadership in Electric Mobility by 2018’
Volkswagen is introducing two new all-electric cars at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt, Germany beginning today. And with the e-Up and e-Golf, VW says, it is “transferring two full-production bestsellers into the era of electric mobility.”
Volkswagen pledges an initial choice of 14 electric and hybrid models by 2014, as it seeks “market leadership in electric mobility by 2018.”
“We are starting at exactly the right time,” Volkswagen AG CEO Martin Winterkorn said in a release. “We are electrifying all vehicle classes, and therefore have everything we need to make the Volkswagen Group the top automaker in all respects, including electric mobility, by 2018.”
‘The Most Comprehensive Approach’
“We have the most comprehensive approach to tomorrow’s mobility,” Winterkorn said. “From highly-efficient, eco-friendly diesel, gasoline and natural gas-fueled engines to classical hybrids, purely battery-driven vehicles and plug-in hybrids – no other automaker can match the broad range we have to offer.”
Volkswagen is also showing the Audi A3 e-tron plug-in hybrid and the Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid, also a plug-in, in Frankfurt.
70,000 Employees Qualified
“We have developed the know-how for electric motors and battery systems at our own components plants, we have recruited 400 top experts for electric traction and qualified almost 70,000 development, production and service employees in this new technology,” Winterkorn said – “the biggest electrification training program in our industry.”
The e-Up with 18.7-kilowatt-hour lithium ion battery driving a 60-kilowatt (80 horsepower) motor has a single-charge range of up to 160 kilometers, Volkswagen says – about 100 miles.
The e-Golf with 24.2-kilowatt-hour lithium ion battery driving an 85-kilowatt (114 horsepower) motor has a single-charge range of up to 190 kilometers, Volkswagen says – nearly 120 miles.
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Source: Volkswagen release with Fleets & Fuels follow-up