VW discussed what it called its "Strategy 2025" program this week at Michigan's CAR Management Briefing Seminars. Volkswagen Group of America chief engineering officer Matthais Erb outlined how three EV platforms would be the base of those 30 models. Each platform would contain a flexible chassis and different sized wheelbases and track widths. VW is also working on a slate of utility vehicles and economy vehicles.
One of the three platforms, called the MEB (Modular Electric Toolkit), served as the bedrock for the Budd-e concept electric van. That model was shown off in January at the Consumer Electronics Show, and is slated to be able to go as far as 233 miles on a full electric charge. The Budd-e would feature flat batteries at the bottom of the vehicle as well as electric motors in each axle.
Volkswagen is pledging its resources to all things electrification as it looks to distance itself from the diesel-emissions scandal that broke last September and cost Mr. Winterkorn his job. In the US alone, almost a half-million VW diesel vehicles were found to have software designed to cheat the emissions-testing process. In late June, VW reached a settlement with US regulators that will require it to pay as much as $14.7 billion in the form of vehicle buybacks, lease terminations, and investments in zero-emissions vehicle technology. The company sure appears to be moving decidedly in that last direction.