Volkswagen to electrify entire range by 2030

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Now, at this year's IAA, Volkswagen is launching the next stage with "Roadmap E" - giving an added boost to product planning to massively accelerate the electrification of the Group-wide vehicle portfolio.

It's also encouraging to see such a large part of the sum going towards the battery supply side.

A leaked slide from a VW presentation about the upcoming vehicles shows the company has 4 new EV models coming out under the VW brand the next few years, and several others under the Audi, Porsche, and other brains owned by the corporation. But the 12 brands under the VW Group umbrella collectively sell many more cars than either Sweden's Volvo or Britain's Jag, so we are still talking about an bad lot of EVs.

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Speaking ahead of the Frankfurt show - Europe's premier new auto event of 2017 - VW chairman Dr Herbert Diess said the company anticipated that by 2025 demand for its ID models could reach a million per year. "The transformation of our industry is unstoppable and we will lead it by redefining mobility to be cleaner and better".

Volkswagen I.D Crozz has two drive system units at the front and rear that claims to have handling characteristics on a par with those of a Golf GTI.

Resplendent in new Hibiscus Red Metallic paint, and highlighted by five-spoke 21-inch alloy wheels, the I.D. Crozz II is more refined than the first concept shown at the Shanghai motor show in April. The future generation of the I.D. family will extend the Volkswagen model range.

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"We must continue to rigorously put the future pact into effect", he said. Tesla has started to roll out the $35,000 Model 3 to broaden its appeal and stem billions of dollars in losses. B-pillars are absent on the I.D. VW says the auto will still handle like a GTI and its battery can be charged to 80 percent in 30 minutes.

While VW makes no mention of curb weight, the company does forecast an impressive range per charge: 500 kilometers, or 311 miles. People who don't understand the reference should go to an online German-English dictionary and type in "Volkswagen".

Earlier in August, Volkswagen had announced that it will build an electric version of its Microbus, which will be launched in the market by 2022. Video shot and edited by Jennifer Hahn.

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