VW wants a million EVs by 2025

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Words: Nile Bijoux
11 Oct 2018

One year out from Volkswagen’s massive electrification offensive, the Germans have shared some base targets.

One year out from Volkswagen’s massive electrification offensive, the Germans have shared some base targets.

The Modular Electric Drive Matrix (MEB) platform will underpin all fully-electric cars not only from VW but also Audi, Skoda, Seat and potentially other brands within the group. They say the total investment is around $US7 billion.

Expect the first MEB VW models to be available in 2020, though they will debut late in 2019. Volkswagen is targeting 150,000 electrified sales by the end of 2020. In that mix will be 100,000 of its I.D. small car and an I.D. SUV. At the moment, VW electric sales of BEV and PHEVs are below the 100,000 mark.

By 2025, VW says its production of ‘affordable’, long-range electric cars is expected to hit more than one million units. It expects its MEB platform to account for 10 million units globally over its life span, which should see it live through to 2030.

The MEB platform will enable VW Group to produce a range of electric vehicles with various characteristics:

- battery capacity will scale to more than 100kW/h

- batteries will be liquid cooled/heated and should last the entire ‘life’ of the car

- range: from 330-550km under WLTP

- rear-wheel drive or dual motor all-wheel drive configurations

- fast charging at up to 125kW (DC)

- on-board AC charging at 11kW (option of wireless charging in the future)

The company added that it plans to produce wall boxes that offer 22kW (DC) charging capacity that work in a bidirectional manner, allowing energy to be supplied to the grid. At night, electric vehicles connected to the bidirectional wall boxes will serve as a storage battery for surplus capacity.

If you’re worried about there being enough electricity to supply all those cars, VW’s PR department says it’s all ok. Using Germany as an example, the manufacturer claims one million electric vehicles would consume approximately 2.4TWh (2,400,000,000kWh) of power per year. Annual energy consumption in Germany is 517TWh. Thus energy consumption will only rise by 0.5 percent due to the use of electric cars.

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