Volkswagen Group is planning to add PHEV models to the range of most of its vehicles before all-electric cars become feasible for the mass market, says a new report from Automotive News Europe. The company is choosing PHEV models instead of all-electric models for most of its vehicles because long-range batteries are still a little faraway for now, indicates the report. The Golf GTE plug-in hybrid which has been on sale in Europe for a while now, will be introduced to the U.S. market in 2016, reveals the report.
The group is betting big on its MQB platform, which is flexible enough to accomodate a variety of powertrains in many different segment of vehicles. Vehicles based on this platform can be offered with almost any kind of powertrain including compressed natural gas, fuel cell, or conventional internal combustion engines, and be built on the same assembly lines. Currently, the company is developing electric vehicle systems that can provide a driving range of more than 300 miles (480 km), as per the report. The auto giant is planning an investment of €85bn in vehicles, plants and technology by 2020, adds the report.
Source: Automotive News Europe