Volkswagen US CEO Jonathan Browning said that although traditional engines will play an important role in the auto industry, EVs represent a must-have segment for any automaker.
Browning said that VW plans to introduce its 10-year growth plan, which also included boosting electric vehicle production. He added that the German automaker plans to release in the following years an ‘array’ of EVs, beginning with the e-Golf. VW e-Golf will be launched in spring 2014 in Europe and in North America and Asia in late 2014 or early 2015.
The model is getting a larger 24.2 kWh lithium-ion battery and a more powerful electric motor, which is good for 114 HP (85 kW) and 199 lb-ft of torque. The Volkswagen e-Golf is getting a larger 24.2 kWh lithium-ion battery and a more powerful electric motor, which is good for 114 HP (85 kW) and 199 lb-ft of torque.
“Electrification won’t be the only solutio, as traditional combustion engines, hybrids and diesel technologies remain important for consumers. Electric vehicles will be part of the landscape, but certainly not the only part,” said Browning.
Browning believes that autonomous vehicles will only apply to a minority of customers and the problem will be how can automakers introduce these technologies to improve fuel efficiency, safety and driving behavior.