Automakers the world over have come under increasing pressure from the environmental lobby over the last few years. Car manufacturers have been asked to reduce vehicle emissions to meet ever-lower standards. In most cases, the mandated fuel consumption numbers are incredibly difficult to achieve, which has left many OEMs turning to battery powered vehicles to ensure their future. One such maker is Volkswagen. The company is already ramping up for production of VW electric cars.

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Record year

VW’s passenger car division enjoyed a record year in 2019. 6,3 million new vehicles were delivered to owners across the world; the best year in its history. The Tiguan was the company’s top-seller with more than 700 000 units sold. Tiguan and Golf both place in the top ten cars worldwide in terms of sales.

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“2019 was a successful year for the Volkswagen brand. Our products inspire customers worldwide. We made progress in all major areas. Our strategy is gaining traction. We’re delivering on our promises,” said Ralf Brandstätter, COO of the Volkswagen brand. “In 2020, we will face major challenges, particularly against the backdrop of the coronavirus pandemic. However, backed by last year’s good results, we are able to face this crisis with courage and confidence. Volkswagen is a strong company with a strong team. And we have already impressively proven several times what we can achieve if we work as a team.”

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Forging ahead

Ralf Brandstätter: “We’ve successfully implemented the first phase of the Transform 2025+ strategy. In the second phase, we’re making Volkswagen the number one in e-mobility. And we’re transforming ourselves into a digital tech business.”

Volkswagen is starting with the second phase of its Transform 2025+ strategy: a large-scale electrification initiative. The small hatchback ID.3, the first all-electric car based on VW’s new MEB electric platform, will be seen on the road from this (European) summer. The brand’s first all-electric SUV, the ID.4 will follow.

This VW Golf eR1 could be the basis of a future Golf R.

Volkswagen is embarking on a path toward zero-emission mobility for all. By 2022, the brand will offer electric cars based on the MEB platform in all key vehicle segments. By 2025, at least 1,5 million electric cars should be sold per year. The long-term goal is the complete decarbonisation of the Volkswagen fleet and the Group by 2050. To this end, VW alone plans to launch 75 battery powered models by 2029.

Check out a preview of upcoming VW electric cars in the video below.