CEO Thomas Schäfer has revealed his goals for the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand after 100 days in charge. He also provided information on VW’s planned EV offerings.
Looming regulatory deadlines
InsideEVs reported that the Former CEO of Skoda Auto announced on LinkedIn that Volkswagen would solely produce electric vehicles in Europe starting in 2033 at the earliest. It must also be noted that the EU’s 2035 ban on internal combustion engines would be two years away from that.
“Alongside this, we are stepping up our e-campaign, introducing ten new e-models by 2026. Our new entry-level e-car will come in two versions – as a small car and as a sporty crossover variant. In addition, we are looking into creating a compact SUV based on the ID.3.”
Furthermore, Schäfer claims that Volkswagen continues to work toward keeping the cost of its entry-level EV under €25,000 ($24,850).
“From the entry-level e-car with a target price of under €25,000 (AU$39,000) to the Volkswagen ID Buzz and the new flagship Volkswagen ID Aero, we will have the right offer in every segment,” Schäfer told Autocar.
The ID.3 SUV
The Volkswagen ID.3 hatchback competes in the C-segment in Europe, so it stands to reason that an ID.3 SUV would do the same.
According to Thomas Schäfer, the vehicle will look radically different from the ID.3. That is somewhat unexpected, given the current ID. family of Volkswagen EVs all utilize the same design language.
Schäfer stated, “The new Volkswagen ID.3 is taking a significant and noticeable leap forward in terms of quality, materials and system stability. [It’s] a car that delivers what the Volkswagen brand promises.”
The VW brand intends to release ten electric vehicle models by 2026, ranging from the entry-level model to the ID. According to Schäfer, the ID.3 and other existing models will get facelifts along with the Aero flagship sedan.