Vw to create its own division for research and development of electric powertrains

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 25, 2010

Volkswagen must have thought that General Motors Co.'s latest move to create a new division has merit since it will soon follow that trend and will aim to have a separate division perform performing in-house research and development for electric powertrains. An Autonews report talked about the VW Group being a massive entity where engine sharing is the norm.

It said that VW's electric motors will be used by all the Group's brands and this indicates that these motors will also power the future Audi e-tron range.

The production site in Salzinger, Germany, will be tasked to manufacture the new electric motors. The upcoming VW e-Up minicar is the first VW Group vehicle to use these electric engines.

This minicar will start production in 2013. These units are expected to power the upcoming Audi e-tron electric vehicle range. Audi had announced recently that it will make a team that will design and build electric cars starting 2012.

Audi also said that all its future electric cars will wear the "e-tron" badging, just as its 4-wheel-drive models are named "quattro". This new division, which will employ 100 people, will be led by Franciscus van Meel, senior vice president of vehicle electrification at Audi's headquarters in Germany.

Topics: vw, electric car

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