VW plans to have 300 electric vehicle models by 2030

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Shown alongside the ID Crozz and ID2 concept vehicles in Frankfurt, the ID Buzz - a re-interpretation of the legendary Volkswagen Bulli (Kombi) - will then follow in 2022. "The transformation of our industry is unstoppable and we will lead it by redefining mobility to be cleaner and better".

This figure will then increase by leaps and bounds over subsequent years until there is at least one electrified version for each of the Group's 300 or so models across all vehicle classes worldwide by 2030 at the latest, in line with Volkswagen's commitment.

Unlike Volvo, which already pledged to only sell cars with electric motors from 2019, VW isn't putting ICE on ice just yet.

Doing that is going to require plenty of batteries. Looking ahead, there's a longer-term strategy which aims to see Volkswagen building cars with solid-state batteries. Müller also said VW plans to bring solid-state batteries with 600-mile (1000km) range to market by 2030.

You can find out more information about the new Volkswagen I.D. Crozz over at Volkswagen at the link below.

At the Frankfurt show this morning Jaguar sought to un the ante with the launch of a racing version of its new EV-powered I-Pace SUV in a bid to create the world's first production car-based EV racing championship. During Auto Shanghai, where it was first introduced, the I.D. Crozz still looked completely like a concept vehicle.

Audi and Porsche both had EVs in the works well before VW Group's longtime investment in diesel turned toxic.

If only Volkswagen had devoted as much time, money, and effort into developing competitive electric cars as it did devising diesel cheating technology, it might have been a market leader. This common architecture will be the starting point for a multitude of new EVs from VW Group brands, starting with a trio from Volkswagen: the I.D.

"Our breadth of capabilities allows us to serve as a true partner to automakers", said Magna CEO Don Walker. Tesla has started to roll out the $35,000 Model 3 to broaden its appeal and stem billions of dollars in losses. The I.D. Crozz was revealed to the public for the first time on Monday.

The ID Crozz crossover is meant to meld the design of a modern day sportscar with the all terrain capability of an off-roader.

Its electric powertrain will produce 225 kW and capable of a top speed of 180 km/h with a battery range nudging 500kms on one charge. People who don't understand the reference should go to an online German-English dictionary and type in "Volkswagen".

BMW, meanwhile, plans to stick to a goal for 8 to 10 per cent return on sales at its automotive division, even with the arrival of less profitable electric cars, its chief executive told Reuters on Tuesday.

In its pre-show press release, the company claimed, "The new I.D". Video shot and edited by Jennifer Hahn.

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