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Volkswagen ID. family: Electric for All!“

E-mobility plays a key role for the Volkswagen brand. Our stated goal is to make fully-connected electric cars accessible to as many people as possible, thus paving the way for the breakthrough of this technology.

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09/27/18
Technology

Volkswagen and US elite Stanford University develop a fuel cell for the future

The fuel cell is regarded as a serious alternative to the classic electric car with battery cells. However, the biggest problem is the comparatively high cost of the technology. A partnership between Volkswagen and the prestigious Stanford University in the US has now significantly reduced this disadvantage thanks to a newly developed process.
09/25/18
Models

Volkswagen Classic honoured for successful electromobility campaign

Cause for celebration at Volkswagen Classic: The heritage division of the Wolfsburg-based group was named the winner of the “Campaign” category of the 2018 Automotive Brand Contest. The multifaceted history of electromobility at Volkswagen was successfully interpreted in a cross-media campaign and was honoured by the international jury of independent experts. The awards will be presented at the Mondial de l’Automobile in Paris at the start of October.
09/20/18
E-mobility

The new ID. chassis: unveiling the world’s most innovative electric vehicle family

The veil has been lifted: Volkswagen has presented the chassis of its new electric model family ID.* for the first time – and offered an initial look at its unique platform strategy for electric cars that the brand will use to turn its vision “ELECTRIC FOR ALL” into a reality. The modular electric drive matrix (MEB) that serves as the foundation of the ID. chassis is a totally unique selling proposition for Volkswagen. It also clearly demonstrates the commitment that the Wolfsburg-based company has made to electromobility.
09/17/18
E-mobility

Uncompromising e-mobility: World premiere of the modular electric drive matrix – Volkswagen launches ELECTRIC FOR ALL campaign

Volkswagen is driving the transition to e-mobility with a consistency and commitment unlike that of virtually any other automaker. As part of the ELECTRIC FOR ALL campaign launched today, the brand will be putting attractive models at affordable prices on the road, paving the way for the breakthrough of electric vehicles. The electric offensive is based on the modular electric drive matrix (MEB), a technology platform developed specifically for electric vehicles. Production of the Volkswagen ID., the world’s first series vehicle based on the MEB, will begin in Zwickau at the end of 2019. At the launch of the ELECTRIC FOR ALL campaign, media representatives from all over the world are being given their first deep insight into the technological basis of the ID. at a media workshop in the Gläserne Manufaktur in Dresden, where Volkswagen is demonstrating the centerpiece of the MEB – the rolling chassis without the bodywork and interior – exactly as it will be used in series models. Volkswagen is also seizing the initiative when it comes to charging infrastructure: a design prototype of the “Volks-Wallbox” is also being premiered in Dresden. This Wallbox is an affordable home system that makes charging the ID. family easy and convenient.
09/13/18
Technology

Volkswagen closes QuantumScape transaction

The Volkswagen Group has concluded the planned increase in its stake in the California technology company QuantumScape. The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) had no objection to the transaction. Volkswagen is investing 100 million USD in the battery specialist, thus becoming its largest automotive shareholder. Volkswagen will now take a seat on the board of directors of QuantumScape. Furthermore, Volkswagen and QuantumScape have formed a joint venture to enable an industrial level of production of solid-state batteries.
09/05/18
Company

Volkswagen's incubator program goes international: six new start-ups move into the Gläserne Manufaktur

The start-up program in the "Future Mobility Incubator" at the Gläserne Manufaktur is striking out in new directions. For the first time, Volkswagen has only selected international start-ups, at pitch competitions held in Tel Aviv, Prague, London, Riga, and Hanover: CarPay-Diem comes from Luxembourg, Zouzoucar from France, carVertical from Lithuania, ToporAuto from Russia, Make My Day from Israel, and Go To-U from Ukraine. They are now working at the Gläserne Manufaktur where they are able to develop their ideas to market readiness with support from Volkswagen and the city of Dresden’s business development team.
08/23/18
Models

Dr. Frank Welsch: “The success on Pikes Peak is of long-term importance”

The Volkswagen ID. R Pikes Peak made history with its record-breaking run at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on 24 June: the first fully-electric racing car from Wolfsburg conquered the 19.99-kilometre route in 7:57.148 minutes. However, the 500-kW (680-PS) ID. R Pikes Peak is far more than just a record holder – it is the sporty ambassador for the ID. family, Volkswagen’s range of fully-electric production vehicles, which will hit the market from 2020 onwards. In an interview, Dr. Frank Welsch, Member of the Board of Management of Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand with responsibility for Technical Development, speaks about what this means for the future, the challenges faced when developing the ID. R Pikes Peak, and the strategy behind competing at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.
08/23/18
E-mobility

Volkswagen starts “We Share” e-mobility car sharing in Berlin

The Volkswagen brand is to launch an extensive all-electric car sharing offering in selected major cities under its “We Share” sub-brand. The first fleet of vehicles will be rolled out in the German capital Berlin, and will comprise 1,500 e-Golf when the service begins operating in the second quarter of 2019, with an additional 500 e-up! following later. These vehicles will gradually be replaced by the first models from the new Volkswagen ID. family from 2020. Jürgen Stackmann, Volkswagen Brand Board Member for Sales, commented: “We want to motivate young, urban users to engage with e-mobility. The people of Berlin will be the first to enjoy the electrifying experience of our ’We Share’ car sharing offering.”
08/20/18
Models

California Dreamin’ – with the Volkswagen ID. R Pikes Peak

Two months after the historic, record-breaking triumph at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, the ID. R Pikes Peak is set to make a first return visit to the United States: the first fully electrically-driven race car from Volkswagen will be appearing at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance on 26 August. The globally renowned event is one of a kind, a unique exhibition – for exceptional historic automobiles and for innovative concept cars. It represents the highlight of the Pebble Beach Automotive Week, which is taking place this year from 21 to 26 August.

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10/19/18
Company

Only e-cars: First factory in China

The electrification strategy of the Volkswagen Group China is rapidly gaining pace on the world’s biggest market for e-mobility. In Zwickau, Germany, the group-wide largest production line is currently being built, scheduled to start production of the electric ID car in summer 2019.
10/08/18
E-mobility

Powerful and scalable

Volkswagen wants to make e-mobility attractive for millions of customers. The new battery system developed for the Mo-dular e-drive modular system helps to achieve this - with scalable ranges between 330 and more than 550 kilometers.
09/26/18
E-mobility

How to charge an e-vehicle? — It’s easy!

Volkswagen is not only developing electromobility of the future, but also the related infrastructure. Worries about range, the availability of charging stations and long charging times will be a thing of the past.
09/20/18
E-mobility

Just unveiled: The new ID. chassis!

For the first time, Volkswagen presents the chassis of the world’s first fully connected, fully functional e-vehicle family. Production will start in late 2019.
09/18/18
E-mobility

All about the MEB

What is the new modular electric drive matrix (MEB) capable of? And why is it key to the success of Volkswagen’s “ELECTRIC FOR ALL” vision? An overview.
09/14/18
E-mobility

"Now the crucial phase begins!"

From Monday on, it is all about e-mobility at Volkswagen. In Dresden, more details of the ID.-family will be revealed. At the same time, the brand new communication campaign “electric for all” starts. We talked about that with Thomas Ulbrich, member of the board of management of the Volkswagen brand responsible for e-mobility and Christian Senger, responsible for the development of the all-electric architecture.

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Prince Albert II of Monaco visited Volkswagen’s Gläserne Manufaktur in Dresden today (Friday). The head of state met with Thomas Ulbrich, member of the Volkswagen Brand Board of Management responsible for e-mobility and spokesperson of the management team at Volkswagen Sachsen, CFO Kai Siedlatzek and plant manager Lars Dittert. The discussions focused on Volkswagen’s route to e-mobility as well as the transformation of the automotive industry, digitalization and new mobility. Prince Albert II – who was accompanied by Dresden’s Mayor Dirk Hilbert – is visiting Saxony’s capital city to receive the “Taurus” European Culture Prize on behalf of his foundation at a ceremony in the Frauenkirche. He is being recognized for his commitment to the preservation of the world’s oceans.
Volkswagen and the ID. R Pikes Peak have made history at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Driving the 500-kW (680 PS) ID. R Pikes Peak, Romain Dumas (F) defeated a field including cars with conventional drivetrain technology. In doing so, he not only broke the previous record for electric vehicles, but also bettered Sébastien Loeb’s (F) all-time record from 2013 – by a full 16 seconds. Dumas’ new record of 7m 57.148s minutes is now top of the list of Pikes Peak champions, which includes such acclaimed drivers as Loeb, Walter Röhrl (D), Michèle Mouton (F), Stig Blomqvist (S), Nobuhiro Tajima (J) and also Rod Millen and his son Rhys (both NZ).
The Volkswagen brand is moving ahead with preparations for its major electric offensive and launching a comprehensive e-mobility competence program. Within the framework of the “Future Electronic Engineer Program” (FEEP), 100 young engineers and skilled workers throughout the world will be trained as top production experts. As start of production specialists, they will occupy future-oriented positions in planning, the pilot hall, the e-mobility model group, the pre-series center and electronics development. The first participants to complete the three-year program will support the run-up phase of the ID. family, the new generation of full-electric vehicles based on the modular electrification toolkit (MEB) in Zwickau.
In a world premiere event at the Geneva Motor Show (6 to 18 March) Volkswagen is presenting the ID. VIZZION concept car – the new flagship of the electric ID. Family. With the ID. VIZZION, Volkswagen defines the saloon of tomorrow and beyond: autonomous driving, effortless control via augmented reality, and adaptive learning thanks to artificial intelligence. The ID. VIZZION thus achieves a new dimension of comfort, convenience, safety, and sustainability.