Volkswagen will launch seven new electric and plug-in hybrid models for China by 2020, which will be produced in the country
Volkswagen’s BUDD-e electrically powered concept car is touring China to promote e-mobility in the country. The zero-emission MPV celebrated its world premiere in January at the CES in Las Vegas. Since then it has been travelling the globe as the precursor of a new generation of electric vehicles.
BUDD-e is the first Volkswagen based on the new Modular Electric Drive Kit (MEB) and MEB models will be launched “approaching 2020” says the car maker. They will have ranges at the level of today’s petrol counterparts, claims Volkswagen. The 2016 CES show car has a range of 533 kilometres (330 miles).
The Chinese people are reportedly open to driving electric cars and the environmental conditions in the country’s big cities can be significantly improved through developments such as zero-emission, electrically powered vehicles. The state and major municipalities are promoting electric motoring through a variety of measures.
In megacities such as Beijing, which has 21.5 million inhabitants and is the third-largest city in the world, and Shanghai at 24 million inhabitants and the world’s largest, the number of newly issued vehicle registration numbers is being limited. Without a registration number it is not possible to licence a new vehicle but purchasers of models with plug-in hybrid, electric or hydrogen drive systems receive the coveted registration numbers much more quickly. This is on condition though that the vehicles, called New Energy Vehicles (NEV) in China, must be made locally in the country.
Volkswagen is pushing ahead with the development of fully and partially electrically powered vehicles. By 2020, seven new electric and plug-in hybrid models will have come onto the market in China, where they are also being produced. Against this background, the BUDD-e is becoming an ambassador for a new kind of high-tech mobility. As well as the leading edge drive system, the car also features operation and information handling via voice, touch and gesture control.