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Volkswagen: Cost lines for EVs and diesels could cross by 2025

Ever-more stringent global emissions standards are driving up the cost of ICEs, narrowing the gap between them and electric drivetrains, according to a VW exec. “Emissions standards are getting tougher and tougher, and it is getting more and more expensive to meet those standards,” Dr. Matthias Erb, a Volkswagen Group of America Executive VP, told… Read more »

Volkswagen electric van concept to be produced in 2017

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles introduced its e-Crafter electric van concept at this year’s IAA Commercial Vehicles show in Hanover, Germany. However, this is not just another concept. Dr. Eckhard Scholz, Chairman of the Board of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, has said that the first e-Crafters will be in customers’ hands by 2017. The concept vehicle is equipped… Read more »

BMW, Volkswagen and ChargePoint complete DC fast charging corridors in US

The Express Charging Corridors Initiative, a collaboration of BMW, Volkswagen and charging operator ChargePoint, has installed a network of 95 DC fast charging stations along the most heavily-trafficked highways on the East and West Coasts of the US. The corridors run primarily along I-95 on the East Coast, enabling EV travel from Boston through New… Read more »

Volkswagen and Shell push biofuels as centerpiece of EU emissions strategy

Even as it insists that Europe should be a leader in electromobility, Volkswagen is collaborating with oil giant Shell to argue that EU planners should rely heavily on biofuels to meet proposed emissions targets. Executives from the two industrial giants recently released a study that proposes greater use of biofuels as an alternative to increasing… Read more »

Volkswagen demonstrates Golden Test Device for EV charging interoperability

Germany’s SLAM project (Schnellladenetz für Achsen und Metropolen, or Fast Charging Network for Road Axes and Metropolitan Areas) is one of seven “flagship projects in electric mobility” recently designated by the German government (via Green Car Congress). Partners in the €12.9 million ($14.6 million) project include Volkswagen, BMW, Daimler and Porsche. SLAM’s mission includes setting up… Read more »

Volkswagen reopens Transparent Factory as showcase for electric mobility

Volkswagen’s Transparent Factory, which allows customers to watch their new vehicles being assembled, has been redesigned as a showcase for electromobility and digitalization. The site now features some 50 interactive exhibits, including a glass frame model of the e-Golf. Several of VW’s electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles are available for test drives. The exhibition is… Read more »

Volkswagen CEO: Europe needs to take the lead in electric mobility

Since the public humiliation of the diesel debacle, Volkswagen’s execs have had much to say about producing more electrified vehicles. Speaking at the company’s New Year’s party in Brussels, CEO Matthias Müller promised that the Volkswagen Group would concentrate on sustainability “more than ever before,” and confirmed plans to introduce about 20 new plug-in models… Read more »

Volkswagen Group to boost investments in EV tech by €100M

As the Volkswagen Group works to control the damage from its emissions cheating scam, it plans to cut planned investments in property, plant and equipment for next year by about €1 billion. One area, however, will see an increase. VW plans to boost spending on electrification technologies by €100 million, continuing its development of electric… Read more »

Volkswagen names LG Electronics one of its FAST suppliers

The Volkswagen Group has nominated 44 of its suppliers to collaborate on a new strategic level under the Future Automotive Supply Tracks (FAST) initiative. One of the first batch of preferred suppliers is LG Electronics, which provides high-voltage batteries for the Group’s various plug-in vehicles. Volkswagen launched the FAST program in February with the aim… Read more »

Volkswagen working on automated DC charging

EV drivers are demanding more range, and automakers are responding. However, as several observers have noted, this will introduce a new set of challenges. Better batteries can hold more energy, and consumers certainly don’t want longer charging times, so higher charging power levels will be required. That, in turn, will require thicker (or perhaps liquid-cooled)… Read more »