Volkswagen has been trying to improve its brand image since the ‘DieselGate’ scandal last year, and part of the effort to remedy the situation has been to reiterate its commitment to electric vehicles. CEO Matthias Müller has since announced that the group’s brands will introduce 20 new electric vehicles by the end of the decade.
More recently, VW decided to showcase its EV initiatives through a public event at its ‘Transparent Factory’ in Dresden.
Visitors can now test drive VW’s electric vehicles 6 days a week at the plant.
The automaker is also displaying its Golf GTE Sport plug-in hybrid concept, which made its North American debut at the Los Angeles International Auto Show last year:
“The powertrain of the GTE Sport consists of a four-cylinder 1.6-liter TSI engine and two electric motors. In all-electric mode, the vehicle uses the battery to drive up to 31 miles on a single charge. Once the battery is depleted, the car switches to “Hybrid mode” and the TSI engine kicks in.”
The Volkswagen exhibition has been split into four different areas to illustrate the future of driving, VW writes in a press release:
In addition to a test drive, visitors can take a virtual drive through Dresden in the GTE simulator and experience the ultimate in electric driving pleasure. A further exhibit is the glass frame model of the e-Golf, which allows a detailed look into the propulsion components of electric vehicles on a 1:1 scale.
The second area displays the latest Volkswagen driver assist systems, which make driving simpler and safer. Settled in ergoActive seats, visitors can listen to an audio show on how the vehicle provides assistance in certain driving situations, and learn about the advantages of aids such as lane assist systems and blind spot sensors.
The possibilities offered by digital networks and smartphones are presented as a third topic, beginning with connection technologies such as Car-Net and e-Remote and finishing with the integration of smartphone functions via App-Connect (Apple CarPlay™, Mirror Link™, Android Auto™). A fourth area presents future mobility. In addition to the XL1 one-litre car and the cult Volkswagen bus, there is also the Last Mile Surfer, a possible solution for city mobility manufactured in Saxony.
VW shared a few pictures of the showcase:
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