One electrified model per month from 2022
Volkswagen's boss has given further details regarding its electrified vehicle rollout over the coming decade.
Volkswagen has committed to bringing 16 all-electric models to market before 2022 – including the adapting of nine production facilities to facilitate the production of EVs by 2020 – before introducing around 300 new electrified (hybrids and EVs) vehicles by 2030.
The EV onslaught will be kickstarted by the production version of the I.D. hatchback (above), set to be revealed next year ahead of a market introduction in 2020.
In July last year, a leaked product roadmap showed the company's first six members of the electric I.D. family, set to launch by 2022. Following the I.D. hatch will be the production version of the I.D. Crozz SUV (top), then the mystery I.D. Lounge and I.D. AEROe, and finally the I.D. Buzz – the latter reviving the iconic Kombi van, but with an electric twist.
Each I.D. model will be sold concurrently alongside one of the brand's existing offerings, for example, the I.D. hatch complements the popular Golf, while the I.D. Cross/Crozz (below) sits alongside the Tiguan.
We expect that vehicle will come as the I.D. Lounge, which appears to take the form of a large, coupe-like crossover that will likely focus on comfort and luxury to target the tastes of the US and Chinese markets.
Meanwhile, the other mystery EV – the I.D. AEROe – could be the rumoured successor to the Beetle or Scirocco, featuring a sporty coupe-hatchback design and rear-wheel drive. A Beetle revival would make more sense, considering the I.D. Buzz (below) is a modern take on the Kombi van.
Müller added that the electric vehicle rollout should help Volkswagen meet ever-tightening emissions regulations, which will require the manufacturer's average CO2 output to be below 95g/km from 2020.
"Our drivetrains will be designed in such a way that this will be met without paying fines," he said.
"And we will make sure that the conventional, traditional drivetrain will be modernised, so they will make a contribution to better air quality in our towns and cities as well."
Further to the electric vehicle expansion, Volkswagen has committed a further €20 billion ($31.52b) to combustion-engine technology and its core vehicle portfolio in 2018, with a total of €90 billion ($141.86) to be spent over the next five years.
The Sedric autonomous electric shuttle bus concept is also set for series production "at one of [the Volkswagen Group's] brands", though which one exactly is still to be announced.