Volkswagen Reveals Electric Future At 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show

Ashley Carr
September 13, 2017

In fact, Müller says there will be 80 new electric vehicles by 2030, plus 30 plug-in hybrids and 50 battery EVs.

To reinforce that message, Mueller appeared on stage emerging from an updated version of the driverless Volkswagen Sedric concept - a pointer to the brand's electric and autonomous future.

The Frankfurt Motor Show is about to commence and one of the vehicles set to create a lot of interest is this new Volkswagen I.D. Crozz SUV.

In terms of performance, the I.D. Crozz II comes with two electric motors - one for each axle, so there's AWD - and a combined output of 302 horsepower (225 kilowatts). By 2025, Volkswagen plans to offer 23 all-electric models. The German vehicle manufacturer has announced that they plan on having an electric version of their vehicles by 2030. Leaving its upmarket niche is putting the Californian startup on direct collision course with traditional automakers like VW, Toyota Motor Corp. and Nissan Motor Co.as falling battery costs are forecast to make electric cars more affordable in coming years. All three vehicles will be built on the company's upcoming Modular Electric Drive Matrix (MEB).

The VW Group brands will continue to develop electrified hybrid versions of conventional engines, rather than simply pursue all-electric technology Muller said: "The fact is we still need modern internal combustion engines as a bridge".

Carmakers are increasingly balking at the cost of exhibiting at industry shows which can run into the millions of dollars
Carmakers are increasingly balking at the cost of exhibiting at industry shows which can run into the millions of dollars

In all, this accounts for some 300 different models of vehicle, and includes luxury sports cars from Bentley and multi-million pound hypercars from Bugatti.

Before the major scandal that erupted two years ago because lowering Volkswagen indicators of harmful emissions, the automaker took nearly no notice of the market development of electric vehicles and unmanned vehicles. "People want to have clean air, and we want to make our contribution here".

Mr Zetsche said Mercedes-Benz has sold more cars with diesel engines so far this year than in the same period last year, despite talk of possible diesel bans in some German cities.

The concept's styling is a mix between an SUV and a four-door coupe, according to the brand, with the ID Crozz' design highlighted by a wide bonnet, cleanly contoured wings and roof with a high-gloss black exterior finish.

The I.D. vehicle that will be revealed will most probably be a large saloon auto that will be revealed at the 2018 Geneva Motorshow. The premium auto brand is slashing spending to free up €10 billion to develop an electric-car lineup that will comprise as many as 12 models in 2025.

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