VW’s first EV – a hatchback -- will arrive by 2020, SUV and minibus will follow

Article by Christian A., on March 22, 2017

The German automaker Volkswagen is now racing against time to come up with electric vehicles that will be able to pass Europe and China's stringent emission standard. The car company powerhouse set a timeline that by the year 2020, it should already have introduced the first line of I.D.-influenced electric cars to the worldwide market.

Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess reiterated to the analysts present at the Volkswagen headquarters that even though their future plan seems “very tight” in nature, the said electric cars must be unveiled to the public to adhere with their fleet targets and urgency is set to high to be able to achieve the launch dates without delay. The automaker intends to give the green light for the design of the first electric vehicle around August this year. This flagship EV is based solely on MEB electric platform- this platform will also be used with a whole array of electric vehicles.

For those readers who don't have a clue on what MEB is, it is the German acronym for the Modular Electric Model line-up. The first EV will bear the design of a Golf-Sized hatchback based on the I.D. concept revealed at the Paris auto show last year. Production of the first EV MEB will possibly commence at the last quarter of 2019 and will be classified as a 2020 model vehicle.

Volkswagen also has agreed to launch two new additional models that is still based on the same MEB outline, an SUV and a minibus respectively. The SUV will debut at the upcoming Shanghai Showcase in April, and is expected to be rolled out by 2020. On the other hand, the minibus fitted with self-driving capacity that's largely influenced by the I.D. Buzz Concept at the Detroit car show in January is set to be available to the public hopefully in 2022.

Recently, the EU is urging the car manufacturers to cut down the standard C02 emissions to a mere 95 grams per kilometre by the year 2021. In China, where EVs are eyed to be distributed especially the I.D. SUVs, is requiring to significantly reduce the average fuel consumption to only five litres per 100 kilometres which also translates to 117 grams C02 per kilometre.

Volkswagen China Chief Jochem Heizmann disclosed that they find meeting the new condition of targeting fuel consumption up to 5 liters challenging; the same can be said of the cutting down CO2 emissions to only 95 grams in Europe for 2020. He added that Republic of China is in the process of bringing to play the new emission regulation even though they deem it as challenging.

It appears that the vehicle market is open and ready for these electric vehicles, and several challenges are expected on the path of fully adopting to these recent technologies. Price and range of batteries equipped with these vehicles, charging infrastructure and further performance vs non-electric cars are some of the considerations, and many are expecting the continued growth of creation of more hybrid vehicles in the coming years.

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