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Volkswagen to invest €10 billion in advanced powertrains, but will continue clinging to diesel

The Volkswagen Group has invested some €3 billion ($3.3 billion) in “alternative” drive technologies over the past five years, and plans to triple this amount over the next five years, said CEO Matthias Müller at the company’s Annual General Meeting in Hanover. “The future is electric. We intend to be the number one in e-mobility… Read more »

Volkswagen invests in eRoaming provider Hubject

Hubject is a Berlin-based company that provides a solution for the exchange of data among charging networks. Hubject’s eRoaming platform is analogous to the networks that enable ATMs, mobile phones and other conveniences of modern life to work together smoothly. Hubject was founded in 2012 by a group of companies including BMW, Daimler, Bosch and… Read more »

Volkswagen says it will offer a 373-mile EV in 2020 at the price of a diesel Golf

Volkswagen has announced plans to invest €3.5 billion ($3.7 billion) in e-mobility and digitalization at its German plants. The modernization plans are part of an agreement with the company’s General Works Council (an organization similar to a labor union, which represents VW’s workers). Under the agreement, the Volkswagen plants at Wolfsburg and Zwickau will produce… Read more »

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 »