The Volkswagen Group is to massively expand its move into electric mobility with the company announcing that 16 locations around the globe are to produce battery powered vehicles by the end of 2022.
The Group currently produces electric vehicles at three locations, and in two years’ time a further nine Group plants are scheduled to be equipped for this purpose. To ensure adequate battery capacity, partnerships with battery manufacturers for Europe and China have already been agreed. A supplier decision for North America will be taken shortly.
The push is in line with VW’s ‘Roadmap E’ plan, which was launched last year when Volkswagen announced plans to build up to three million electric vehicles annually by 2025 and market 80 new electric Group models. This year, another nine new vehicles, three of which will be purely electric-powered, will be added to the Group’s electric portfolio of eight e-cars and plug-in hybrids.
“Over the last few months, we have pulled out all the stops to implement ‘Roadmap E’ with the necessary speed and determination,” said Matthias Müller, CEO of Volkswagen AG, at the Group’s Annual Media Conference in Berlin.
A number of innovations from the Group were presented last week at the Geneva International Motor Show, among them the Audi e-tron, the Porsche Mission E and the I.D. VIZZION, another member of the Volkswagen I.D. family. From 2019, there will be a new electric vehicle “virtually every month”, Müller said: “This is how we intend to offer the largest fleet of electric vehicles in the world, across all brands and regions, in just a few years.”