Volkswagen, the world’s largest carmaker, will offer electric versions of its entire fleet by the year 2030. In addition to this, VW plan to release at least 80 new electric cars across its range by 2025.
The German company will double its investment in zero-emission vehicles to a whopping £18 billion as it looks to put the diesel emissions scandal firmly in the past.
Mercedes-Benz too have also promised electric versions of all its cars. The company’s chief-executive, Dieter Zetsche, said the entire range would have electric or hybrid versions by 2022.
It’s VW however, who are the first major carmaker to announce a ‘no-holds barred’ push into the mass market with electric vehicles.
At the Frankfurt Motor Show, VW chief Matthias Mueller told the BBC his company had “got the message”.
“Customers want clean vehicles. People want to have clean air, and we want to make our contribution here,” he said.
The company, which includes Skoda and Seat amongst it brands, also said that orders totalling £50 billion would be placed for batteries for powering the vehicles.
Harald Kruegar, the CEO of BMW, said that there would be a transition period where combustion engines would still be required.
Speaking to the BBC, he said that electric vehicles were “not just hype, this is the long-term trend”.
His company recently unveiled its first electric Mini, to be assembled in Oxford and slated to go on sale in 2019.
All the major car companies are concentrating heavily on electric options, after a recent wave of major global cities saying they would begin banning diesel vehicles from their roads over the coming years.
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