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Volkswagen Creating New EV As “Iconic” As
With 311+ Miles Of Range
Added by admin 16/02/16
Jay Cole - February
recently we heard that the next generation of Volkswagen e-Golf
would be getting a big range upgrade – to 300 km/186 miles for
2018. And not just fancy “NEDC”-rated miles (that translate into
a lot less actual miles on the road), these would be “real world”
Now Autocar says it has taken the wraps off of VW plans to create
another, wholly different electric car.
We should note that another new electric vehicle, and/or press
release about an EV would be no significant thing for
Volkswagen…as the company seems to almost monthly introduce us to
a new electrified car, SUV or concept vehicle.
However this car is said to be something special, as VW boss
Herbert Diess wants a unique electric car model that will be as
iconic as the Golf itself.
This new project is said to be the flagship for VW’s post-dieselgate
existence, to show what the company can do when it really puts
its mind to a EV, similar to the multi-billion dollar program at
BMW that brought us the (very unique) i3.
Diess has instructed the lead engineers at the company to create
“the Volkswagen for the digital age”, and to have the car ready
to hit the market by 2019.
This new car would actually be sized up from the e-Golf, at some
4,400 mm in length (the e-Golf stands at 4255) on Volkswagen’s
new EV-specific, MEB architecture. One might remember this
platform debuting in the form of the BUDD-e concept from CES.
And as Mr. Diess seems to be fond of, he wants range. A lot more
range. Not next generation e-Golf range either, the VW boss is
targeting more than 500 km/311 miles.
This number might sound fairly aggressive, but remember the
brick-shaped BUDD-e concept was outfitted with a massive 101 kWh
battery. Repackaged into a more svelte package, 300+ miles of
real world range would certainly be achievable.
It appears that CEO Matthia Müller’s words on the future
direction of Volkswagen, might actually be a reality:
“We are using the current crisis to fundamentally realign the
group. I feel we now have the chance to build a new and better
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