1 Million EVs In Germany Within The Decade An Achievable Goal According To VW CEO

by Nathan

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Image Credit: Volkswagen

The goal of having over one million electric vehicles on the roads of Germany within the decade is an achievable one, according to Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn. At a recent panel discussion in the northern European country, the noted CEO stated that VW was committed to the ambitious goal set by the German government and would do it’s part in helping to achieve it.

There is a catch, though — Winterkorn thinks that plug-in hybrid vehicles should count towards that goal — not just fully electric vehicles. While PHEVs are certainly a big improvement of gas-mobiles, they simply don’t do as much to help limit carbon emissions and to move away from fossil fuel dependency, as fully electric vehicles do. By including PHEVs, the ambitious goal would end up relatively watered down — though, perhaps including PHEVs would be a net positive anyway? They are a vast improvement over gasmobiles and conventional hybrids.

Volkswagen is currently planning on having at least 14 electric vehicle and plug-in hybrid vehicle models available in Europe by the end of next year — including an electric version of the Golf sedan and the Up! city car. A number of other notable German automakers, such as BMW, have begun to make moves into the EV market. BMW’s first designed-from-the-ground-up EV model, the i3, is being released in Germany later this month.

Autoblog Green has more: “Executives from German automakers such as BMW and Mercedes-Benz have squawked about the challenges of meeting stricter emissions standards set for 2020 by the European Union, though those companies’ cars tend to skew more towards the heavier, luxury variety than Volkswagen. Still, like VW, both of those companies have plans to soon expand their stable of EVs and plug-in hybrids, most notably with BMW’s soon-to-debut i3. Plug-in vehicle sales in Germany doubled last year, albeit to just 4,157 vehicles, Bloomberg says, citing the automotive industry association VDA.”

On a related note — despite the seemingly huge market in Germany, sales of Tesla’s Model S have been rather low in the country. It’ll be interesting to see if Tesla can make the necessary adjustments in strategy and crack that market.

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Nathan For the fate of the sons of men and the fate of beasts is the same; as one dies, so dies the other. They all have the same breath, and man has no advantage over the beasts; for all is vanity. – Ecclesiastes 3:19

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By Christopher DeMorro.

Is the next order of “supercars” less concerned with performance and more concerned with fuel economy? That could be the case if the success of the Volkswagen XL1 super-hybrid is any indicator. Despite indicating it would only build 200 of the XL1 super-hybrids, Volkswagen has let it slip that demand and interest exceeds planned production.

So despite being priced at $145,000, well outside the reach of all but the wealthiest human beings, but it seems money alone is not enough to get behind the wheel. Because of increased interest, Volkswagen is carefully selecting from among the interested and capable buyers who will and who won’t get one of the 261 mpg diesel-electric super-hybrids.

Rather than build more of the XL1 hybrids, which Volkswagen is said to be selling at a loss, they’re simply going to make the car even more exclusive. And why not? The Volkswagen XL1 is a peek at the future, a small-displacement, flyweight hybrid capable of stretching a single gallon of gasoline across many hundreds of miles.

In 30 years, the cars we buy and drive could all look back on the XL1 as the car that began another automotive revolution.

Source: Green Car Reports

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