Volkswagen Presents Electric Car Concept With 500 Kilometers Range
|   Friday, September 16, 2016
Volkswagen will present at the Paris Motor Show a concept for a future electric model. It will be launched later this decade, and will have a range of 500 kilometers.
Volkswagen will try to completely rehabilitate its image this fall in late September at the Paris Motor Show. The Germans will reveal a future concept that is 100 percent electric. The information was confirmed by Herbert Diess, VW chief executive.

He also said that the completely new model will be the size of a VW Golf and with the interior space of a Passat, the release date is expected in late 2018 or early 2019.

Matthias Muller, the current leader of the Volkswagen Group, said in the past that the challenged set for German engineers to build a revolutionary electric car with 500 kilometers range obtained after only 15 minutes from charging, with the potential to become as emblematic as the VW Golf and have a lower price than the conventional cars. The announcement was made in March at the Geneva Motor Show. Muller then set a deadline for 2025.

“This is the future - nobody can say when it will be a reality, but we are working on it,” said Müller. Whether that would be enough to become a leader in electric cars Müller said: “We have to do our homework. I will not comment on rivals but after that homework we will see who is first, second and third in the race to build the best.”

Herbert Diess reconfirmed that engineers are working hard on the plan outlined by Muller. Moreover, Diess argued that this model is extremely important for the history of Volkswagen, and represents an investment similar to that which BMW, his former employer, made for the i3 release.

Besides the electric revolution that it hopes to bring, the model on which the department of research and development is working on should be a Volkswagen for the digital age, equipped with first-time technology. The electric model will measure 4,400 mm in length and is almost the size of a Golf (4,255 mm).

The architecture will be ensured by MEB, the new platform dedicated only to the electric models. The product will be the first that is developed on the MEB platform, and will provide the latest technology at an affordable price for middle-class customers. The MEB platform is disclaiming any connection with the architecture of conventional models and focuses only on lightweight materials, a bracket of compact electric motors and their batteries. Therefore, the interior will increase dramatically, and the design and proportions will also be different.

The electric model with a range of 500 kilometers will be developed in parallel with the series version of the concept Budd-e. Also, with the new generation Golf we will get acquainted with an e-Golf electric version with 300 km range. All these versions will join the electric SUV Audi Q6 and its sporty version, with zero-emission derived from the Porsche Mission-e concept, both being promised a range of 500 kilometers.

In these circumstances, it is no wonder that Muller has guaranteed some 20 models of electric or hybrid cars by 2020. “We are using the current crisis to fundamentally realign the group. I feel we now have the chance to build a new and better Volkswagen.”
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