The German automaker is going to start its green assault that should kick off its strategy change with the introduction of a concept electric vehicle, bound for the Paris Motor Show.
The prototype should be closely followed afterwards by a production version – the first model to deploy the group’s all new modular electrified architecture, the MEB platform, which should be similar in polyvalence to the widely employed MQB. The automaker is labeling it as a “one-of-a-kind concept car” and claims it will be just as revolutionary as the Beetle – and it actually needs to do so because it’s VW’s card into an electrified future. The concept should have similar dimensions to the Golf but offer the roominess of a Passat. And VW’s brand boss Herbert Diess has already stated the production version will use a battery pack with enough range for 400 to 600 kilometers (248 to 372 miles) based on the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC).
The EV is technically called a concept but the company executives have repeatedly stated it’s a near-production prototype so we expect that without some flourishes the model to be pretty much the production version expected to arrive around 2019. After this first MEB model, lots of others will come during the next decade – such as an electric successor to the Phaeton to acts as brand flagship, a production version of the Budd-e, a smaller crossover and even a coupe.