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Will Herbert Diess’s departure damage Volkswagen’s EV strategy?

Volkswagen Group Chief Executive Herbert Diess will leave the company, to be replaced by Porsche Chief Executive and former VW head Oliver Blume, at the start of September. Diess’s departure follows a vote by VW’s supervisory board, which includes representatives of employee organizations and the state of Lower Saxony, the company’s second-largest shareholder. The 20-seat… Read more »

Volkswagen presents new electric sedan concept in China

For better or for worse, new EVs from global automakers increasingly seem to be making their debuts in China. That’s where Volkswagen recently chose to present the ID. AERO electric sedan, which the automaker calls a “close-to-production concept car.” “The future model will be positioned in the premium mid-size sedan segment,” says VW. The production… Read more »

Volkswagen and Siemens make new investments in Electrify America

Charging network Electrify America was established by the Volkswagen Group in 2016. Now Volkswagen, together with Siemens, have announced a new investment of $450 million, which will bring the company’s total valuation to $2.45 billion. Through its financing arm Siemens Financial Services (SFS), Siemens will become a minority shareholder in Electrify America as well as… Read more »

Volkswagen Group launches Scout brand to build electric pickup and SUV for US market

The Volkswagen Group plans to launch an electric pickup and “rugged SUV” in the US market. What’s more, the company will establish a separate, independent company to produce the new EVs. “The vehicles will be designed, engineered, and manufactured in the US for American customers,” says VW. Volkswagen will resurrect the Scout nameplate, which was… Read more »

Volkswagen Group and bp partner to roll out EV fast charging in Europe

The fossil fuel industry’s takeover of public charging infrastructure continues. This week, ABB announced plans to supply charging stations to Shell, and Volkswagen and bp unveiled a charger in Dusseldorf, Germany that will be the first unit in a planned network of fast chargers across Europe. Volkswagen’s Flexpole 150 kW charging unit features two charge… Read more »

Volkswagen aims to establish electric Eden on a Greek island

EV pioneers realized long ago that islands, which tend to have short driving distances and high gas prices, make great candidates for electrification. The Volkswagen Group is putting this principle into practice on the Greek island of Astypalea. The Smart & Sustainable Island project, a joint initiative of the Volkswagen Group and the Hellenic Republic,… Read more »

Iconic VW bus goes electric—Volkswagen unveils the new ID. Buzz and ID. Buzz Cargo

The good old VW Bus (aka Microbus, Camper Van, Kombi or Bulli), has one of the most dedicated fan bases in automotive history. Nostalgia for the bus is intertwined with the 60s road-trip experience (I rode to hippie school in one as a child). Many lovers of the bus, unlike fans of other icons such… Read more »

Volkswagen Group acquires 25% stake in 24M, will use its SemiSolid battery platform

Volkswagen Group and Cambridge, Massachusetts-based battery developer 24M Technologies have formed a strategic partnership under which VW will manufacture EV batteries using 24M’s SemiSolid platform. VW has acquired a 25% stake in 24M, and will establish a wholly-owned subsidiary that will collaborate with 24M to develop SemiSolid battery cell production technology for automotive applications. “The… Read more »

Volkswagen to add Plug & Charge, bidirectional charging to all ID. models

The Volkswagen Group has announced a package of charging-related initiatives under the brand name We Charge, which will include new charging solutions for home and mobile charging, new functions in the ID. Models and, “soon,” bidirectional charging. “Charging must become simpler and easier to integrate into daily activities,” says e-mobility marketing head Silke Bagschik. “With… Read more »

Volkswagen Group announces three major new battery initiatives

Automakers that are serious about producing EVs understand that they need to build new supply chains, including major battery manufacturing capacity and secure sources of raw materials. The Volkswagen Group has been steadily turning up the voltage, raising its planned investment in EV and self-driving technologies to 73 billion euros ($86 billion) over the next… Read more »