VW Wants To Sell 3 Million Electric Vehicles By 2025

Currently, Volkswagen is planning a new development strategy, shifting its focus on electric vehicles, and reviewing its business assets.

After the notorious emission cheating scandal, the German car maker is concentrating on brighter, eco-friendly future. In its own words, Volkswagen wants to accomplish a set of goals by 2025 by laying the foundations for success in tomorrow’s world of sustainable mobility.

As poetic as it sounds, the Group’s new strategy comprises the introduction of “more than 30 new purely battery-powered electric vehicles (BEVs) over the next ten years”, and putting together a new manufacturing plant that will allow them to produce between 2 to 3 million electric vehicles a year by 2025.

The company estimates that electric vehicles could account for around a quarter of the global passenger market, equivalent to 20 to 25 percent of the total unit sales expected at that time, and that’s why Volkswagen is reportedly willing to invest billions of euros in the construction of a battery factory.

Regarding Volkswagen’s possible asset sales, the Wolfsburg-based firm will announce specific plans for each of its brands by the end of the year, with new details on electric vehicle manufacturing.

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  • TheBelltower

    And I want a billion dollars. Just because VW “wants” something doesn’t mean it’s going to happen.

    Automakers need to realize that it takes more than just building great electric cars to be successful. It takes an infrastructure of tightly controlled, well educated dealers and a network of charging stations. BMW is learning this the hard way. Tesla is the only one that seems to understand this.

    • Sébastien

      Nissan isn’t doing so bad all things considered, I’m sure VW could do what they plan… but they won’t be first, and may not be leading either

      • TheBelltower

        True. Nissan dealers have easily accessible charging stations for the owners of their cars. BMW dealers are less consistent. Many of them aren’t available during off-hours, and the spots are generally taken up by their non-electric cars. I own an i3, and I’ve had better luck charging at Nissan dealers than at BMW dealers.

        • CockneyblokefromReading

          Do you like the i3? How have you got on with the regenerative braking, did you get used to it very quickly? Any points you don’t like?

          • TheBelltower

            I could write a book about this car. I’ll try to keep it brief…

            I got a loaded “Tera” REX and, for the most part, really love it and enjoy it. Things I like… It’s effortless to drive around town and in traffic, it’s very quick, has a ridiculously tight turing radius and can park in the smallest parking spaces. The interior is the best example of minimalism I’ve seen in a car, and it is well appointed with all the infotainment you’d want. It’s quirky, and all of the surfaces and switchgear feel like they could last forever. The adaptive cruise control is fantastic in gridlock traffic and on the highway. I figured that I would drive the i3 only on the rare occasion, but we drive it 90% of the time and our other cars sit. It’s so smooth that it makes a car with a regular gas engine and gears feel like a tractor. And it’s really nice to be able to take gas station visits out of your weekly routine.

            Things I don’t like… The wheels are laughably skinny and very prone to damage. I replaced two in January. Also, the REX engine sounds like a two-stroke leaf blower in the trunk. The car is so incredibly sophisticated, but the crude REX engine ruins the vibe when it fires up. It’s only run four times since I bought it in December (twice were maintenance cycles) but I deliberately try to avoid any situation where it may turn on. Lastly, the US cars really need the “charge hold” function that they offer in EU. There was one instance when the charge got too low and the REX engine couldn’t keep up. The first time the REX engine ran, I was on the Long Island Expressway, and the battery charge went below 3%. The lack of oomph was concerning. If I were able to turn the REX engine on manually before the charge got too low, as you can with EU cars, I would have been able to avoid that issue. The lack of a charge-hold function has something to do with being certified in California. And it really sucks.

            I bought the i3 from a great dealer that offers everything from fast charging and loaner cars for their “flexible mobility program” when you need a loaner with a gas engine for times the i3 isn’t practical. My original gripe had to do with the inconsistent support and training by most of the other dealers. While I do love the i3, these are things that they really need to fix. In spite of my gripes, I would definitely recommend the i3… provided that the owners are made aware of all these things. It’s a blast to drive. It’s not a car for long road trips. Around town is where it really shines. If that works for you, I’d recommend it 100%.

          • CockneyblokefromReading

            Thanks very much, much appreciated.

  • CockneyblokefromReading

    This has got to be good for those of us who want EVs. But we want them cheaper.