Volkswagen plans all-electric vehicle range by 2030

Volkswagen вложит миллиарды долларов в разработку электромобилей

The German firm is planning to 2025 to offer 80 new electric cars

Volkswagen is making another electric vehicle pledge, this time with promises to bring 80 new electrified vehicles to customers by 2025 and offer customers at least one electrified version of every model across the company by 2030.

But the "dieselgate" scandal has prompted a strategic shift at VW while major advances in battery technology and a global fight against pollution in the wake of VW's trickery have raised pressure on carmakers to speed up development of zero-emission alternatives. We have got the message and we will deliver.

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"This is not some vague declaration of intent. It is a strong self-commitment which, from today, becomes the yardstick by which we measure our performance".

"In the beginning of the cycle we believe that we will have to face a significantly lower margin, for some vehicles half of the margin of the vehicles they replace", Frank Lindenberg, vice-president of finance at Mercedes-Benz Cars, said at Daimler's investor day. VW has committed to spend almost $23 billion USA on getting this plan in place via zero emissions technology investment, and it also said it would commit more than $55 billion towards purchasing batteries to provide power for these vehicles.

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Until Volkswagen (VW) admitted two years ago to cheating on U.S. diesel emissions tests, the German group had been slow to embrace electric cars and self-driving technology.

In the run-up to this month's election, Mrs Merkel said the auto industry needed to regain the public's trust. Even Bentley and Lamborghini will be part of VW's new "Roadmap E" plan. China over the weekend became the latest country to announce plans to phase-out fossil-fuel powered vehicles, following the lead of the United Kingdom and France.

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Both the United Kingdom and France have already announced plans to ban new diesel and petrol vehicles by 2040, as part of efforts to reduce pollution and carbon emissions.

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