The German automaker is set to become a fully environmentally conscious brand in the wake of the Dieselgate scandal and its push towards electrification is only set to speed up in the near future.
According to the latest intel, the string of production electric vehicle introductions will be sped in a bid to meet the increasingly stringent European emissions standards. The German manufacturer will present its first fully electric production model before the decade runs out, according to company executives. “It’s a very tight time plan for 2020, but we need the cars then to comply with our fleet targets. So, it’s a necessity to achieve the launch dates, but it’s well on the way,” commented Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess during a conference call t VW’s headquarters last week. Of course, the first dedicated EV of the will be underpinned by the all-new MEB architecture, with final approval for the design expected this year.
We already had a preview – in the Golf-sized I.D. concept seen at the Paris Motor Show last fall. The latest rumors indicate the brand will introduce two additional models on the MEB platform. The first will fall into the trends – being an electric SUV, which the rumor mill claims will be showcased first as a prototype during the Shanghai Auto Show in April. Its introduction is expected after the turn of the decade and two years later it will be joined in the electric lineup by a minibus inspired by the I.D. Buzz concept, complete with autonomous tech.
Via Automotive News