VW Stories October 19

Volkswagen will challenge Pike’s Peak with a purpose-built electric racecar

Volkswagen has been making a lot of noise about electric cars lately. Announcing huge investments and new concept models, trying to recover their reputation after the dieselgate scandal. Its newest electric push comes from somewhere new: racing.  While VW group has been involved in electrified racing before, with the Audi Formula E team and with several wins from Audi’s retired hybrid Le Mans car, the Volkswagen brand hasn’t yet undertaken electric racing on their own.

This changes next year, when Volkswagen will enter a car into the famous – and difficult – Pike’s Peak International Hill Climb.  Details are light on VW’s entry, all we have to go on so far is a silhouette – pictured above – and a promise of all-wheel-drive. But it’s clear that VW are going after the electric prototype record – 8:57.118 by Rhys Millen in the Drive eO PP03.  That car had over a megawatt of power available (1367hp), so expect VW’s entry to have similar horsepower if it wants any chance of getting that record.

VW Stories September 14

While it started getting popular in some European markets, VW e-Golf still hasn’t launched with official pricing in the US.

Today, VW finally revealed pricing for the all-electric vehicle today and it’s only a slight price hike. expand full story

VW Stories September 12

Just as Volkswagen announced its updated electrification plans with a massive new $84 billion investment in electric cars and batteries, the German automaker also unveiled a new electric vehicle concept.

The vehicle is called I.D. CROZZ and VW presents it as “a crossover of an SUV and a four-door coupé.” expand full story

VW Stories September 11

Volkswagen updated its plans for electric cars with a complete overhaul of its investment strategy.

After announcing an initial investment of $10 billion in EVs earlier this year, which was still smaller than the German automaker’s investments in gas-powered cars, they now promise to spend up to 70 billion euros (~$84 billion USD) in order to bring 300 electric vehicle models to market by 2030. expand full story

VW Stories August 19

After unveiling a new all-electric and autonomous microbus concept called I.D. BUZZ earlier this year, VW is now announcing that it will bring the vehicle to production in 2022. expand full story

VW Stories August 4

It’s not often that a company sells ~70 times as much product as its main competition.  But according to an interview with VW brand chairman Herbert Diess, published on VW’s employee web magazine “Inside” and reported on by Reuters, that’s the case between Tesla and VW.

In the interview, Diess claims “in the old world [our competition] is Toyota, Hyundai, and the French carmakers. In the new world it is Tesla.”  He goes on to state that the reason for this is because Tesla “has abilities that we currently do not have,” particularly in engineering.

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VW Stories August 2

Matthias Müller took the helms of Volkswagen following the Dieselgate scandal and he quickly positioned the German automaker to push for electric cars, but he is now reportedly facing an internal backlash from the company’s leadership, which is not entirely sold on electric vehicles. expand full story

VW Stories July 14

VW has been quick to compare its upcoming first all-electric vehicle built from the ground up, codenamed I.D. Concept, to Tesla’s Model 3.

Specs-wise, it appears to be competitive with the Model 3 on paper, but they never gave a precise price range until now. expand full story

VW Stories July 12

Last week, we reported on Volkswagen’s research group unveiling an all-electric car platform and a mobile charging robot prototype.

The latter seemed to only be a high-level research project, but now Volkswagen announced that it is working with robot manufacturer Kuka to make it a reality. expand full story

VW Stories July 10

The $2 billion that Volkswagen has to invest in electric vehicle infrastructure in the US as part of its court settlement for the DieselGate scandal is starting to turn into real charging stations.

They opened the first fast-charging stations in the Washington, D.C. area. expand full story

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