Volkswagen Group brands to launch 80 electrified models by 2025

The Volkswagen ‘dieselgate’ scandal. AFP

The figure of new models would then increase as the years progresses until 'there is at least one electrified version for each of the Group's 300 or so models across all vehicle classes worldwide'.

The group plans to bring a total of over 80 new electrified models to customers by 2025, including some 50 purely battery-powered vehicles and 30 plug-in hybrids as it doubles its investment in zero-emission vehicles to 20bn euros (£18bn) in a bid to put dieselgate behind it.

CEO at Volkswagen Matthias Mueller said that a company such as Volkswagen must be the leader and not a follower. "The transformation in our industry is unstoppable. People want to have clean air, and we want to make our contribution here", he said.

Adding urgency to the push for electric cars, China over the weekend became the latest country to announce intentions to phase-out fossil-fuel powered vehicles, following the lead of the United Kingdom and France, which have outlined bans on combustion-engine models by 2040. Three petrol and two diesel engines will be available, matched to six-speed manual of seven-speed auto transmissions.

"We need to improve profits considerably in the USA", he said, as the automaker prepares for "the next phase" of electric, connected and autonomous vehicles.

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On Thursday, BMW, which launched its electric auto i3 during 2013, said it was preparing factories to mass produce its electric vehicles before the end of 2020, and it pledged to have 12 100% battery power vehicles available by 2025.

Diess cited plans announced last month to produce the ID Buzz, or an all-electric vehicle hearkening back to the popular Microbus that's to hit the market in 2022.

He said it's not just a matter of what is being offered from manufacturers, but also the electric charging infrastructure. The automaker has promised however, that these engines will deliver great performance while meeting emissions standards. Crozz II and other I.D. vehicles.

Yet the Frankfurt show remains a very big deal for the home team: Daimler AG's Mercedes-Benz luxury brand, Munich-based BMW AG, and Volkswagen, all of which will have giant display stands. The premium vehicle brand is slashing spending to free up €10 billion to develop an electric-car lineup that will comprise as many as 12 models in 2025.

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