Following last week’s signing of the Inflation Reduction Act in the US, German legacy automakers Volkswagen and Mercedes-Benz have sealed agreements with the Canadian government to acquire raw materials for EV battery manufacturing at their US facilities. This move could help EVs from both automakers qualify for US tax credits under the revised terms of the recently signed bill.
Volkswagen Group Stories August 23
Volkswagen Group Stories July 22
The game of musical CEO chairs continues on at Volkswagen Group as yet another executive is leaving their current post to lead a different marque. Current president and CEO for Volkswagen Group of America Scott Keogh announced he is stepping down after nearly five years to become CEO of Volkswagen’s new all-electric truck brand, Scout.
Volkswagen Group Stories July 14
Volkswagen has commissioned a fast charging park in Germany consisting of power storage containers (PSC), each powered by ninety-six reused EV batteries. This portable charging structure emulates a similar product VW Group subsidiary Audi has developed and implemented into a successful “Charging Hub” design.
Volkswagen Group Stories July 12
This morning, Volkswagen Group of America (VWGoA) announced a collaboration with Redwood Materials, Inc. to implement a battery-recycling supply chain in the United States for Volkswagen- and Audi-branded EVs. The collab represents VW’s commitment to sustainability in the United States and beyond while simultaneously expanding Redwood’s closed-loop battery supply chain.
Volkswagen Group Stories July 7
In what the companies are calling a “world’s first,” commercial vehicle manufacturer Scania AB has delivered its first electric timber truck to SCA – Europe’s largest private forest owner. The all-electric timber truck has a massive capacity of 80 tons and represents Sweden’s next step in becoming an entirely fossil fuel-free society.
Volkswagen Group Stories June 27
Volkswagen Group Stories May 26
A Volkswagen ID.4 GTX has set a Guinness World Record for the highest altitude achieved in an all-electric passenger vehicle. The ID.4 equipped with Monroe Intelligent Suspension CVSAe technology from Tenneco was driven by international adventure driver and multiple record holder, Rainer Zietlow.
Volkswagen Group Stories May 18
In a recent interview out of Europe, Bentley CEO Adrian Hallmark promised some bold specs from the luxury automaker’s first battery electric vehicle. Despite describing the “brutality of acceleration” in the upcoming EV, the Bentley chief said that won’t be its main selling point. It will instead be the “effortless overtaking” from torque on demand. That price though…
Volkswagen Group Stories May 4
German automotive conglomerate Volkswagen Group has shared positive Q1 reports, outlining a robust business despite global inhibitors like supply chain shortages and conflict in Eastern Europe. With its 2022 outlook optimistically confirmed, Volkswagen is expanding investments in R&D that includes new EV technologies as well as major funds to bring more BEVs to North America.
Volkswagen Group Stories April 29
According to a recent report out of Germany, Volkswagen is flirting with the idea of opening a second US production facility, possibly in Chattanooga, TN, where its current footprint is. In addition to significantly expanding its capacity on US soil, Volkswagen is also reportedly considering implementing a battery cell plant nearby as well.
Volkswagen Group Stories April 28
Volkswagen has announced a strategic partnership with BP to expand the latter’s EV charging network across the EU and UK, beginning immediately. The first of 4,000 Volkswagen Flexpole chargers planned for Germany and the UK began service today, and the partnership allows for up to 4,000 more to be installed in other EU countries – all by 2024.
Volkswagen Group Stories March 28
After sharing long-term electrification goals during a recent financial report, new details of future Porsche EVs have emerged including plans for an electric 911. What might be even more mouth-watering (if true) is that the German automaker has been working with Quantumscape to integrate solid-state batteries into future Porsche EVs like the electric 911.
Volkswagen Group Stories March 21
German automaker Volkswagen, has announced a long-anticipated generation 3.0 software update for its entire lineup of ID. electric vehicles. The 3.0 update includes a slew of new and optional upgrades to features like automated driving, charging performance, and the AR Heads-up Display.
Volkswagen Group Stories January 31
Volkswagen Group Stories January 26
Luxury automotive manufacturer Bentley is yet another Volkswagen Group subsidiary falling in line with its parent, vowing an all-electric future for its vehicles. Bentley Motors has shared details of its “Beyond100” sustainability strategy, with includes large investments in EV production, a “Dream Factory” revamp in the UK, and carbon neutrality by 2030.
Volkswagen Group Stories January 24
Following another productive year of increased EV deliveries, Volkswagen Group has shared specifics to its electrification numbers in the EU. In addition to seeing a 64% increase in EV deliveries across most of its brands combined, the German automaker also exceeded average emissions targets put in place for the EU.
Volkswagen Group Stories January 21
Volkswagen continues to tease the world with its upcoming ID. Buzz electric minibus ahead of its world premiere scheduled for March 9th. The latest taste comes in the form of a video posted by the automaker’s commercial vehicle branch Volkswagen Nutzfahrzeuge. It shows two camouflaged ID Buzz electric minibuses driving out of an assembly plant in Hanover, Germany.
Volkswagen Group Stories January 12
Despite overall sales being down about eight percent on the back of global supply chain and chip shortage issues, Volkswagen sold more battery-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles in 2021 than ever, with more than seven percent of all VW-badged cars having been sold with plugs.
Volkswagen Group Stories January 6
Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess has confirmed that the VW ID.BUZZ, a new electric version of the brand’s iconic minibus, will launch on March 9.
Volkswagen Group Stories December 16, 2021
Volkswagen Group Stories October 15, 2021
Following the release of its Q3 delivery numbers, Volkswagen Group continues to grow its presence in the BEV market, up 109% compared to Q3 last year. Nine months into 2021, Volkswagen has more than doubled its worldwide deliveries, nipping at the heels of Tesla – the current undisputed EV market leader.
Tesla continues to grow as well, and could (maybe) surpass one million deliveries in 2021, but at the rate Volkswagen is moving (up 138% this year), it could be following the trend in 2022.
Volkswagen Group Stories October 6, 2021
Volkswagen Group Stories August 31, 2021
MAN Truck and Bus, a commercial subsidiary of Volkswagen Group, has announced it will wean its fleet’s dependency on diesel fuel in favor of all-electric powertrains, beginning in 2024. MAN currently offers a few electrified versions of trucks, vans, and buses, but it will focus further on electric commercial vehicles under the pressure of VW. Can it do so quickly enough?
Volkswagen Group Stories August 26, 2021
In its continued journey toward vehicle electrification, Audi has announced goals to become a sustainable, social, and technological leader by 2030. This is all part of a new corporate strategy from Audi called “Vorsprung 2030,” with the goal of accelerating the automaker’s electrified transformation originally slotted for 2026. Furthermore, Audi will continue to phase out internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicle production, approaching an end date of 2033.
Volkswagen Group Stories August 19, 2021
The first VW ID.4 electric SUV pre-production units have rolled off the assembly line at Volkswagen’s Chattanooga, Tennessee, factory.
Volkswagen Group Stories July 20, 2021
The Volkswagen Group’s plan to accelerate electrification is starting to pay off as we are now seeing significant delivery volumes of fully electric vehicles from the German automaker’s brand.
The group has already delivered 171,000 BEVs so far this year.
Volkswagen Group Stories July 5, 2021
VW has announced the launch of its over-the-air software update coming to its ID electric vehicle lineup.
It’s an important step taken by the German automaker to address its software issues.
Volkswagen Group Stories April 15, 2021
Volkswagen Group has announced it is significantly expanding its production of battery systems at its components plant in Braunschweig. The expansion will double the plant’s output and, when fully ramped up, will be able to produce 500,000 MEB battery systems per year. Additionally, the plant will also be able to produce an additional 100,000 battery systems for non-MEB platform models, including some hybrids.
Volkswagen Group Stories October 22, 2020
Obviously the short answer to the question above is yes, as Volkswagen at present has no plans to bring the ID.3 to North America, but what if they did? Would the Europe-friendly ID.3 succeed where the eGolf failed, or will the ID.4 simply be the better fit for the highways of the US and Canada? We recently reviewed the ID.3 and were impressed. Can the ID.4 create the same excitement that its “little brother” has in Europe, and does the Dieselgate scandal still linger in the consciousness of the North American consumer?
Volkswagen Group Stories October 15, 2020
Volkswagen has confirmed that it placed a massive order for robots to build the ID.4 electric SUV and ID.BUZZ electric minibus.
Volkswagen Group Stories September 10, 2020
VW believes that it can catch up to Tesla where it matters when it comes to electric vehicles: mass production capacity.
The head of VW’s worker union believes that they can achieve a production capacity of 1.5 million electric vehicles by 2023 ‘or sooner’.
Volkswagen Group Stories September 4, 2020
Tesla CEO Elon Musk had a special meeting with VW CEO Hebert Diess where he got a preview of the ID.3 and ID.4 electric cars.
Volkswagen Group Stories August 28, 2020
Volkswagen has confirmed that the first 700 VW ID.3 electric cars have landed in Norway as deliveries of the important new electric vehicle are about to start.
Volkswagen Group Stories July 8, 2020
Seat, a Spanish automaker owned by VW, has unveiled the production version of its stunning electric hot hatchback: Cupra el-Born. expand full story
Volkswagen Group Stories July 6, 2020
After the Zwickau factory, VW has started converting another of its factories from gasoline and diesel vehicle production to electric vehicle production. expand full story
Volkswagen Group Stories June 19, 2020
After months of reports that Volkswagen was struggling with software problems, the company announced today that it will develop its own operating system and software platform. Christian Senger, chief executive of VW’s Car.Software organization, said the move would apply the innovation seen in smartphones to Volkswagen automobiles. But concerns about software on the ID.3 were not addressed.
Volkswagen Group Stories January 16, 2020
Volkswagen has one of the industry’s most ambitious EV plans. The company is targeting cumulative production and sales of 22 million electric vehicles by 2028. By that time, the group said it could offer as many as 70 electric models. That’s still not soon enough, according to CEO Herbert Diess. To accelerate its electric-car and self-driving programs, VW will cut resources devoted to fuel cells. Will it be enough?
Volkswagen Group Stories December 27, 2019
Volkswagen, already one of the most aggressive automakers when it comes to electrification, announced that it is accelerating its electric car plans and now aims for 1.5 million electric vehicles in 2025. expand full story
Volkswagen Group Stories December 26, 2019
Volkswagen has unveiled a new concept for a charging butler robot that can charge electric vehicles in a parking garage using mobile battery packs. expand full story
Volkswagen Group Stories November 19, 2019
Volkswagen announced that the ID.3, its newest electric car, will also be assembled at their Gläserne Manufaktur factory in Dresden – its second factory in Germany to produce the vehicle. expand full story
Volkswagen Group Stories November 15, 2019
VW CEO has shut down the rumors of a collaboration between Tesla and Volkswagen after he was reported to be excited about an investment in the electric automaker. expand full story
Volkswagen Group Stories November 14, 2019
With the start of ID.3 production, VW is revealing more details about its MEB electric motor. It is planning to produce ‘up to 1.4 million electric drives’ and it can fit in a gym bag. expand full story
Volkswagen Group Stories October 15, 2019
Volkswagen is doing one of the most ambitious electric vehicle pushes of any legacy automaker, and yet it isn’t worried about the change affecting its margins. expand full story
Volkswagen Group Stories September 10, 2019
At the Frankfurt Motor Show today, Volkswagen teased its next ID vehicle, presumably called ID.4, and it’s a crossover expected on the US market next year. expand full story
Volkswagen Group Stories September 9, 2019
VW is reportedly paying less than $100 per kWh for the battery as it is trying to secure battery cell supply for its ambitious electric vehicle plans through a mix of supply deals and making its own cells at a new battery gigafactory with Northvolt. expand full story
VW is about to unveil the ID.3, its first electric car built on the new MEB platform, and start production, yet, we’ve now learned that the actual deliveries to customers won’t start for almost another year. expand full story
Volkswagen Group Stories August 30, 2019
Volkswagen confirmed that it’s going to unveil the ID3, its first electric car built on the MEB platform, next week, and the automaker compares the importance to the launch of the Golf and the Beetle — two vehicles that have been game changers in the auto industry. expand full story