Volkswagen was not ashamed to want it switch to electric cars, but now sets more tangible goals for that transition. CNBC reports which VW has discovered A “new automatic” strategy in which electric vehicles should account for half of the company’s total vehicle sales by 2030. “Almost” all sales in major markets will be electric vehicles by 2040, the carmaker said.
The approach would include not only an expanded EV range, but also a “leading” automotive software platform. Early models like ID.4 they struggled with crude software that struggles to compete with rivals like Tesla’s interface or Android Automotive. VW’s development firm Cariad wants to fix that with updates that will include a unique 2023 entertainment and entertainment system and a “brand new” 2025 platform.
By 2030, New Auto will also introduce a more “controlled” battery supply chain similar to Tesla, along with a harmonized battery format and six European gigafactories. The first, at Skellefteå in Sweden, will be run by a partner (Northvolt) when production begins in 2023. Another plant is expected to be in Salzgitter, Germany by 2035.
The goal is significant for the car brand on the VW scale, which owns brands like Audi, Porsche, Seat and Skoda. However, there are questions as to whether these goals are ambitious enough to meet other VW goals as well as the goals of key countries and states. The company wants to stop selling cars with internal combustion engines in Europe by 2035 UK, Canada and the United States like California all plan to ban the sale of these passenger vehicles until the same year. Smaller rivals like Volvo are planning go completely electric by 2030. VW won’t have much time to complete electrification of its line in some places, and it may seem slow compared to a few brands.
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