VW Confirms City Car-Sized Electric Vehicles

Andrew Cummings
March 17, 2019

In response, and to afford the €44 billion of investments planned by 2023, "we will have to make progress on efficiency and performance in all areas", CEO Herbert Diess said.

At news conference at company headquarters in Wolfsburg, Germany, the company announced its goal to build 22 million battery electric cars. Reservations for each of these models already total 20,000 units, the automaker said.

In an attempt to become one of the largest electric vehicle manufacturers in the world, Volkswagen AG has announced that it will be increasing its electric vehicle target by as much as 50 percent in the coming years. We will be systematically aligning production and other stages in the value chain to Carbon dioxide neutrality in the coming years. It's still scheduled to come out in 2019, but towards the end of the year.

The carmaker, which was only 4 years ago reeling from the "Dieselgate" scandal that revealed it had fudged emissions controls allowing its diesel vehicles to emit 40 times more NOx than allowed under the US Clean Air act, is now seeking to put things right by its push into electric mobility. The hatchback will be followed by a fully electric SUV - based on the ID Crozz concept and rolling out a year after the hatch. "We will significantly step up the pace of our transformation so as to make Volkswagen fit for the electric and digital era", said Ralf Brandstätter, Chief Operating Officer of the Volkswagen brand.

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. The German automaker has confirmed part of its plan will include city cars smaller than the upcoming ID hatchback EV.

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

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