The Volkswagen Group is the latest automaker announcing plans to sell one million electric cars by the year 2025. You have to wonder what the top brass is smoking.
The automaker says it’s what has to happen in order to meet the strict CO2 regulations taking effect all across the globe in the coming years.
To meet its goal, Volkswagen’s brands will launch a total of 20 electric or electrified cars by 2020. Two we already know about are the Porsche Mission E and Audi e-tron quattro. VW is also counting on face-lifted models like the updated e-Golf. It make its public debut before the end of the year. The company debuted an E-Bugster concept (pictured above) at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show, but it never made it into production.
Volkswagen might have a few tricks up its sleeves. The automaker is reportedly working on an all-electric model to battle the Chevrolet Bolt. A Prius-fighting model dubbed the XL3 could also arrive in 2018. Neither model is confirmed yet. But we do know VW is developing a modular platform capable of underpinning a full range of battery-electric vehicles. VW showed off the MEB platform in its Budd-e concept at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
The Volkswagen Group isn’t the only carmaker with ambitious plans to step up its electric game in the coming decade. Volvo also recently announced its goal to sell one million electric or electrified cars globally by the year 2025.
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