VW Stories September 29

After the historic public listing of Volkswagen’s sports performance brand, Porsche, the automaker’s chief financial officer (CFO), Arno Antiliz, says VW is ready and well funded to execute its EV strategy. He also mentions the possibility of listing its battery unit, PowerCo, to free up even more funds and accelerate battery cell development.

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VW Stories September 26

Volkswagen’s new battery company, PowerCo, announced Monday that it would be forming a joint venture with Umicore to produce battery materials for around 2.2 million EVs. The new joint venture is a significant milestone, establishing one of the first fully integrated auto supply chains as VW looks to ramp up EV sales.

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VW Stories September 2

On his first official day taking over the reins of Europe’s largest automaker, VW’s new CEO, Oliver Blume, announced his plans to double down on electric vehicles. In an internal interview, Blume says Volkswagen will accelerate its EV transition as consumers increasingly prefer electric models.

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VW Stories August 19

Volkswagen has revealed that it has received more than 10,000 orders for the ID Buzz electric van, which means that it has almost sold out for the year.

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VW Stories July 7

VW has announced another big battery investment, this time committing €20 billion to battery production through 2030 with a new battery production spinoff named “PowerCo.”

The announcement was made at the groundbreaking ceremony for its new battery factory in Salzgitter, Germany, the first of six plants in Europe as unveiled at VW’s “Power Day” event last March.

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VW Stories June 28

Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess said he believes that Tesla’s decision to ramp up 3 Gigafactories simultaneously will weaken the automaker and help VW catch up in the race to dominate the EV space.

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VW Stories May 31

Volkswagen has released the starting price of the VW ID.Buzz electric minibus in Europe, and it is much more expensive than originally expected. It starts at £57,115 in the UK, equivalent to $72,000 USD.

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VW Stories May 17

Capistrano Volkswagen/Mazda, a car dealership in San Juan Capistrano, California, has partnered with San Diego-based solar and battery installation company Stellar Solar to offer EV customers solar, battery storage, and EV connectivity to power their cars with clean energy.

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VW Stories May 10

VW’s advisory board is expected to approve a proposal tomorrow to spin off a new EV company centered around off-road vehicles, as reported by the Wall Street Journal and TechCrunch.

The company will resurrect the classic nameplate from the International Harvester Scout, a Jeep-like off-road vehicle from the ’60s and ’70s, and fill a similar niche as the Rivian R1T as an electric competitor to off-road enthusiast trucks like the Ford Raptor, Jeep Gladiator, and the like, but at a lower price point than the Rivian.

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VW Stories May 9

Herbert Diess, the CEO of the Volkswagen Group, believes that the German automaker can sell more electric cars than Tesla by 2025. Is that goal even possible?

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VW Stories April 13

VW is preparing some good improvements to its MEB platform, which will result in better specs in its electric vehicles, including a range of up to 435 miles (700 km).

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VW Stories March 14

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Ford and VW announced that they are expanding their electrification partnership, and the former is going to release a second electric car based on VW’s MEB platform.

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VW Stories March 9

Volkswagen has finally unveiled the production version of the ID.Buzz: a new electric version of the iconic VW microbus that now lives a segment of its own in the growing EV market.

But will it be loved as much as the original version?

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VW Stories March 7

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Volkswagen has green-lighted a new $2.2 billion investment to build a new factory in Wolfsburg, Germany.

The new factory will be used to produce the upcoming electric vehicle developed under the “Trinity” project, a high-efficiency electric car.

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VW Stories February 28

VW has now confirmed to customers that some ID.4 electric SUVs were lost when the Felicity Ace cargo ship caught fire during its Atlantic ocean crossing.

(Update: 9am ET March 1st): Felicity Ace sank 220 miles off the coast of Portugal’s Azores Islands around 9 a.m. local time after being battered by waves

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VW Stories February 16

In a wide-ranging AMA on Reddit today, VW CEO Herbert Diess provided answers to a ton of questions from the Reddit community, some of which were news to us. Importantly, he clarified Volkswagen’s position on Autonomy and ID.4 charging update timelines while waxing eloquent on a low-price VW EV and everyone’s favorite, the Microbus.

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VW Stories December 9, 2021

As part of a new presentation, Volkswagen appears to confirm plans for a VW ID California electric camper van.

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VW Stories November 16, 2021

Volkswagen has to halt electric vehicle production for a week at two German factories over supply chain issues. This is going to affect EV supply for several of the German automaker’s brands.

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VW Stories November 5, 2021

In a new note to his management team, as he is being challenged by his own workforce, VW CEO Herbert Diess explained why the German automaker needs to be more like Tesla.

Surprisingly, a lot of it has to do with manufacturing – something that Elon Musk said would become Tesla’s main advantage.

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VW Stories November 4, 2021

Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess is in hot water. He’s apparently facing a no-confidence vote after pressure from the automaker’s worker council over his comment about the need to go electric faster.

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VW Stories November 3, 2021

Volkswagen is teasing the latest version of its upcoming VW ID.BUZZ electric minibus, which is expected to come next year.

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Today, Volkswagen unveiled the ID.5, a new electric SUV, expanding its “ID. family” of electric vehicles. However, the new vehicle is basically a coupe version of the ID.4.

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VW Stories October 20, 2021

VW, the world’s largest producer of fossil-powered vehicles (by revenue), has produced a graphic comparing its diesel offerings to its electric ones, showing how across several model lines, the electric models come out way ahead in terms of total cost savings.

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VW Stories October 15, 2021

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The Porsche Taycan has been selling incredibly well after great reviews and a popular Cross Turismo variant launched to great fanfare. But in just its second year, it is already besting the iconic 911?

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VW Stories October 2, 2021

Volkswagen partnered with Electrek to test the ID.4 electric crossover for a week. During the development, release, and launch, we’ve covered the ID.4 with great anticipation.

For this sponsored partner post, I test out the ID.4 as a daily driver and road-trip vehicle, taking notice of the comfort, utility, and light off-road capabilities.

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VW Stories September 15, 2021

Volkswagen has finally given us our first look at the sub-£20,000 ($24,000) compact electric car we’ve been eagerly awaiting, in the form of the adorable, stubby, VW ID. Life concept.

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VW Stories September 6, 2021

VW unveiled today its new ID Life electric car concept at the IAA Mobility show in Munich.

The German automaker presented it as something that previews its upcoming cheap ~$24,000 electric car.

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VW 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.

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VW Stories June 18, 2021

VW has now launched the ID.4 AWD Pro, the all-wheel-drive version of its new electric SUV, in the US, and it is starting at just $36,175 with incentives.

It’s the least expensive all-wheel-drive electric car in the US.

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VW Stories April 28, 2021

VW has unveiled today the ID.4 GTX, a performance dual-motor all-wheel-drive version of the German automaker’s already popular electric SUV.

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VW Stories April 22, 2021

A new electric vehicle unveiled by China’s Great Wall Ora brand this week has attracted the interest of Volkswagen’s legal department for its resemblance to the classic VW Beetle.

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VW Stories April 20, 2021

Volkswagen has now unveiled its third ID production electric vehicle based on its MEB platform. After the ID.3 and ID.4, we now get to see the ID.6: the brand’s biggest electric vehicle yet.

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VW Stories April 13, 2021

The Volkswagen ID.4 Pro, the first-volume version of VW’s new electric SUV, has received its official EPA estimated range: 260 miles.

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VW Stories April 6, 2021

Volkswagen has confirmed that it will switch all of its MEB-based electric vehicles to support bidirectional charging starting next year.

It could give a big boost to vehicle-to-grid technologies.

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VW Stories April 1, 2021

A new report states that Tesla is selling electric car credits to Volkswagen in China, as the latter hasn’t managed to catch up to the zero-emission mandate yet.

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VW Stories March 29, 2021

Volkswagen will change the name of its US electric car unit to “Voltswagen,” according to an accidentally leaked press release as reported by CNBC, which verified its authenticity with “a person familiar with the company’s plans.” Before it was taken down, the press release was dated April 29.

[Update: As of March 29, the name change is now official per VW’s media page. The Wall Street Journal reported on March 30 that it’s an April Fools’ joke, despite that it’s not April 1 yet.]

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VW Stories March 19, 2021

VW ID.Buzz, Volkswagen’s revival of the classic microbus as a modern electric vehicle, could start for less than $50,000, according to a German report.

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VW Stories March 17, 2021

VW is having some incredible success on the stock market reminiscent of Tesla and its EV strategy.

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VW Stories March 15, 2021

Volkswagen held its “Power Day” where it announced a plan to reduce battery costs by up to 50% and secure 240 GWh of battery capacity.

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Volkswagen Group confirmed that it placed a new order for $14 billion worth of battery cells from Northvolt’s Swedish gigafactory, and it is taking a bigger stake in the battery manufacturer.

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VW Stories March 9, 2021

VW has announced plans to have a “Power Day,” which is expected to be a Tesla-like battery day to announce the automaker’s plans to secure battery cell supply.

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VW Stories March 5, 2021

VW has announced that it is accelerating its shift to electric vehicles. While it is one of the most aggressive plans to date, we expect that they will have to “accelerate” it again.

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VW Stories March 4, 2021

Volkswagen is announcing the start of its over-the-air software updates for its ID electric vehicles, something that Tesla has been pioneering.

But strangely, customers need to go to the dealership to get a software update to activate the over-the-air update capability.

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VW Stories March 1, 2021

Volkswagen is floating the idea of an ID.3-based convertible electric car.

Dope or nope? Let us know.

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We finally got the chance to get behind the wheel of VW’s ID.4 electric CUV this week. This is 36 hours with the 1st Edition RWD, and it was mostly during a winter snowstorm in New York. But we still had time to give it a proper drive and get some initial thoughts to see if VW has a huge hit on its hands.

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VW Stories February 3, 2021

The first pictures of the VW’s upcoming ID.6 electric SUV have leaked, giving us the first look at the production version of the German automaker’s next electric vehicle.

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VW Stories January 27, 2021

VW has launched a new project to bring to market a new solar-electric yacht in partnership with Silent Yachts using its MEB platform for electric vehicles and a design from its CUPRA team.

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VW Stories January 21, 2021

VW plans to produce a new flagship next-generation electric car called “Trinity” that CEO Herbert Diess says will “revolutionize Volkswagen.”

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