Volkswagen To Accept I.D. Hatchback Pre-Orders Starting May 8

Daniel Fowler
March 17, 2019

One of the highlights of Volkswagen's 2019 Annual Media Conference was the announcement that the VW Group is planning to launch nearly 70 new electric models in the next ten years instead of the 50 that were previously planned.

Volkswagen has made it clear its future is largely electrified, but additional context on their electrification plans continue to trickle out. Volkswagen plans to add 50 new BEVs by 2025 which will have the ability to travel at least 200 miles. So far we are at 13 announced models.

Volkswagen states that first adopters of the I.D. will receive special, launch-edition cars, but has not specified how these will stand out from subsequent models. As a result, the projected number of vehicles to be built on the automaker's MEB electric platform in the next decade will increase from 15 million to 22 million.

Additionally Volkswagen has reasserted its goal of achieving a carbon-neutral balance in all its areas by 2050.

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"The targets of the Paris Agreement are our yardstick". It's still scheduled to come out in 2019, but towards the end of the year.

Obviously while we should congratulate Volkswagen's electrification plan, we should remain healthy skeptical. Some carmakers lacking VW's scale have opted for electric models that'll share underpinnings with combustion models or roll down the same production lines. But it looks like we'll have to wait several months to see the new auto. VW will reportedly invest more than US$49 billion in the next few years to develop electric and connected vehicles.

"We are still a few years off receiving them but will be part of an early worldwide introduction of models around 2021-22".

Volkswagen will slash jobs as it accelerates the rollout of less labor-intensive electric cars and will evaluate its sprawling portfolio of brands as it battles to reverse a slide in profit margins, the German automaker stated on Tuesday. Let us know down in the comment below.

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