In recent time, Volkswagen has been continuing the shift to electric and hybrid powered vehicles. Evidence of this is found in their recently revealed I.D. Crozz II and other I.D. vehicles. However, the German automaker is taking its electrification plans further by announcing that all future Volkswagen models will be electric by 2030.
Called 'Roadmap E', the shift will not only be limited to the Volkswagen brand, but to all of those within the VW Group. In order to achieve this plan, the automaker will be investing more than $24 billion US in developing new technology and two new platforms for their electric vehicles. Together with the electric vehicles, the Volkswagen would also need to upgrade the charging infrastructure and battery technology as well.
By 2025, Volkswagen Group intends to introduce 80 new electric models, which includes 50 purely battery-powered vehicles and 30 plug-in hybrids. The figure of new models would then increase as the years progresses until 'there is at least one electrified version for each of the Group's 300 or so models across all vehicle classes worldwide.'
"We have got the message and we will deliver. This is not some vague declaration of intent. It is a strong self-commitment which, from today, becomes the yardstick by which we measure our performance," said Matthias Müller, Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft.
For the meantime, Volkswagen will continue to use internal combustion engines as the electric platforms have yet to arrive, the first of which will arrive in 2020. The automaker has promised however, that these engines will deliver great performance while meeting emissions standards.