The new German crossover even has a menu that provides information on the quality of the air in the auto.
The interior has also been redeveloped, making the most of the lacks of central door pillars (B-pillars) to create what Volkswagen describes as ‘a superior amount of space and highly versatile seating concept’.
German automaker Volkswagen (VLKAY) will be defending its home turf and working to prove a more electric-friendly outlook following the emissions scandal that rocked the company and weighed heavily on diesel units two years ago.
“We have got the message and we will deliver”, Mueller told gatherers in Frankfurt. Volkswagen estimates a total investment of 20 billion euros ($23.98 billion) in electric-vehicle production.
It is notable that the Volkswagen Group is not just investing in the vehicles but also in battery technology.
“This is not some vague declaration of intent”.
“Nothing can stop the transformation in our industry”. In the run-up to the IAA, which alternates each year with the Paris Motor Show, German luxury carmaker BMW and Britain’s Jaguar Land Rover became the latest manufacturers to promise electric or hybrid models across all their brands in coming years.
Muller said the electrification programme would ensure the company will “lead the way into the future”, adding that “in the automotive world, 2030 is basically the day after tomorrow”.
The VW Group will continue to offer standalone internal-combustion powertrains, but it will have at least one hybrid or electric version of each of its roughly 300 models by then. However, with increased R&D in this field, Muller’s aim is to develop a solid-state battery with a range of 1,000km. “We are listening to the voice of reason”, said Müller. But the 12 brands under the VW Group umbrella collectively sell many more cars than either Sweden’s Volvo or Britain’s Jag, so we are still talking about an terrible lot of EVs. “I’m convinced this will succeed if politicians, the energy industry and automakers work in harness”.
Muller confirmed that Volkswagen Group’s “Roadmap E” will launch around 50 all-electric vehicles and almost 30 plug-in hybrids.