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.
Volkswagen AG showed off a revised version of its electric ID Crozz crossover SUV concept vehicle [pictured above] as it announced a long-term electrification campaign, saying its brands would introduce 80 new electric vehicles by 2025.
"Furthermore, the BMW Concept X7 demonstrates it is perfectly possible to combine a large sports activity vehicle with an electric drivetrain", explains Kruger. That creates problems for Volkswagen as it relies on diesel cars to boost profit and lower carbon-dioxide emissions to reach tightening European environmental targets.
The German carmaker said it will invest over €20bn by 2030 in the electric-car efforts. Diesel, meanwhile, was a convenient choice because it generated peppy acceleration while emitting about a fifth less Carbon dioxide than comparable gasoline engines. Automakers "won't be shouting about it, but diesels will be part of their lineup", says Ian Fletcher, principal analyst at IHS Market.
Mercedes chief Dieter Zetsche said the entire range would have electric or hybrid versions by 2022. Electric vehicle sales between January and July represented 17.3% of the green auto market, compared with 15.2% in the same period past year. All three vehicles will be built on the company's upcoming Modular Electric Drive Matrix (MEB). Mueller said the company would await firm commitments before reacting.
Volkswagen says this is one of the largest procurement projects in automotive history and represents a marked change of tone from a year ago when Müller said that ICE (internal combustion engine) cars were still "important". "We are listening to the voice of reason". It is a vision we want to realize in the foreseeable future.
In addition to spending 20 billion euros, the automaker announced plans to place battery-tech orders worth more than 50 billion euros by 2025.
Here's a look at a few of the envelope-pushing electric vehicles that we expect to hit the show floor in Frankfurt this week.
It's a decision that forms part of a much larger trend pushed both by governments as they look to reduce the air pollution in cities, and auto companies that realise customers are looking for cleaner, more efficient vehicles.
"A company like Volkswagen must lead, not follow". "'Business as usual' is no longer enough".