Geneva, Switzerland – Volkswagen has announced its E-mobility plan at the Geneva Motor Show, with plans to expand its fleet of electric drive vehicles. The company unveiled its Touareg Hybrid at the show and announced that in 2011, a test fleet of 500 Golf models with electric drive will follow.
Starting in 2013, the high-volume Golf and Jetta models are expected to dominate the hybrid and electric vehicle market, the company said.
“Volkswagen will be taking E-mobility to mass production,” said Prof. Dr. Winterkorn, chairman of the board of management. “In 2011, we are expanding our test fleet by adding 500 Golfs with electric drive. A hybrid version of the Jetta for the U.S. market follows in 2012. Starting in 2013, the E-UP goes into production. The goal is to become the market leader in E-mobility by the year 2018. We want to attain an electric vehicle market share of three per cent within our entire range of products. We will take the hybrid out of its niche status with our high-volume models. In the future, the heart of the brand will also beat with electricity.”
The Volkswagen Group’s various brands will be conducting field studies in key strategic markets in Europe, North America and China in the upcoming months. An important intermediate step is group-wide implementation of hybrid technology in production vehicles, with the new Touareg Hybrid showcasing its technological competence in hybrid development.
“This technological competence will be advanced in Volkswagen’s modular strategy of flexibly integrating hybrid and E-drives over a wide variety of vehicle platforms in all of the group brands,” said Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann, group chief officer for electric traction. “We will continue to systematically exploit the potential of internal combustion engines with the goal of significantly reducing fuel consumption and emissions. So over the mid-term, vehicles with electric drives and those with internal combustion engines will coexist.”
The E-UP will kick off the electric program in 2013, followed by the E-Golf and E-Jetta. In subsequent years, a modular E-traction approach will systematically extend electrification to other model series.
The Jetta Hybrid will debut in August 2012, followed by the Passat Hybrid in August 2013, and the Golf Hybrid in October 2013.