14 Nov 2018

VW plan to build 50 million electric vehicles

Volkswagen and Ford could share vehicle platforms
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Volkswagen is serious about electric vehicles.

Earlier in the month, Volkswagen said it had already committed to investing over $50 billion by 2022 to produce two to three million battery-electric vehicles in the next three years.

Now, the German brand has confirmed it plans to build up to 50 million electric cars as well as expanding its manufacturing plants.

Herbert Diess, VW’s chief executive told Automotive News the automotive group's infrastructure "the platform is already booked for 50 million electric cars", including batteries and other technology.

VW is open to sharing its electric car platform with other manufacturers which would lead to further efficiency gains.

Diess also said VW and Ford are looking at expanding planned cooperation in the US, mainly in commercial vehicles.

"If the Ford relationship works out well, we would have an Amarok successor, which would be then appropriate for sales worldwide — potentially as well for the United States," Diess told Automotive News.

Such a model would share its platform with Ford's Ranger, giving the duo the resources to rival the likes of Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi.

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