|Volkswagen Group has made a resounding commitment on its intentions to be a global leader in electric mobility at the IAA Frankfurt Motor Show.|
Volkswagen Group’s CEO Dr. Martin Winterkorn announced that the company is currently electrifying all vehicles classes. He stressed that the Group is required to be the top automaker in all respects; from highly-efficient, eco-friendly diesel, gasoline and natural gas-fuelled engines to classical hybrids, purely battery-driven vehicles and plug-in hybrids, by 2018.
Volkswagen electrification program: 14 variants and counting
Initially, a total of 14 models from several Group brands will be available with electric or hybrid drive technology by 2014. If there is sufficient demand, up to 40 new models could be fitted with alternative drivetrains. Volkswagen certainly have the capacity as the CEO proudly stated the company has invested some 7 billion euros in R&D and recruited 400 top experts for its electric traction production program, as well as qualified almost 70,000 development, production and service employees in this new technology; also deemed as the largest electrification program in the industry.
Volkswagen at IAA Frankfurt Motor show: e-Up! and e-Golf
The Wolfsburg-based makers main exhibits at the Frankfurt am Main are; the all-electric e-up! and e-Golf. The compacts e-Up! and e-Golf are based on the current road versions that are instilled the ‘e’ drive. The electric drive’s modular toolkit systems are manufactured at these locations: Bratislava, Puebla, Wolfsburg, Leipzig or Ingolstadt.
In Europe, Volkswagen Group brands currently offer 420 model variants with maximum CO2emissions of 130 grams per kilometer, 302 models emitting a maximum of 120 g/km, 50 models emitting up to 100 g/km and 23 models emitting 95 g/km or less. The Volkswagen XL1 plug-in hybrid has the lowest emissions. The world’s most efficient series production vehicle has CO2 emissions of 21 g/km, consumes 0.9 liters of fuel and has a range of 500 kilometers, making it the company’s technological spearhead.