ANY lingering doubts about the impetus of the stampede towards electric cars (EVs) can be dispelled this week with Volkswagen alone promising nearly 70 new models within a decade.
That is almost 20 more than previously promised.
There is no doubt that the company whose dubious diesel actions speeded up the advent of EVs are intent on taking a lead in the new world.
They are now saying they will build 22m vehicles on the group’s electric platforms over the next decade.
That is up from a previously projected 15m.
The VW group drive has already begun, albeit in nothing like the volumes we are being led to expect in future.
Audi has started sales of its e-tron electric SUV. Porsche is poised to unveil its first electric model, the Taycan, in the autumn.
And we’ll see Volkswagen’s own Golf-sized I.D. hatchback and I.D. Crozz electric crossover before the end of the year – but in reality for sale next year.
There will be EVs from SKODA and SEAT too.
The group has also ‘signed off’ on a major decarbonisation deal so there will be a CO2-neutral balance in all areas by 2050, including production, supply chain and administration.
The development of solid-state batteries is widely regarded as critical for future EVs but is going to take time to reach production potential.
The company also plans to install 400 fast-charge stations along Europe’s major roads and highways by 2020 in collaboration with industry partners in IONITY.
And that is just the VW story. Every other car-maker is flat-out EV-driven too.