Ssh, let's pretend that Dieselgate didn't happen.
Volkswagen chairman Matthias Müller has used his pre-Frankfurt motor show speech to set ambitious e-mobility targets for Volkswagen and its associated group of companies.
Müller says that his aim is for Volkswagen to be the number one company in electric mobility, offering more pure electric, hybrid engines and alternative fuels than any other car maker. He said his objective was clear: 'If you cling to the status quo during a time of massive change you'll soon be left by the wayside'.
The VW boss calls the new plan 'Roadmap E', and it aims to have the every range across the Volkswagen Group's portfolio – which includes Porsche, Bugatti and Bentley – electrified by 2030 at the latest. That means one version of each of the Group's 300 models.
Müller says that Volkswagen is set to launch 80 new electrified models by 2025 – 50 pure electric vehicles and 30 plug-in hybrids.
The Volkswagen chairman has also committed £18bn until 2030 for the company to invest in electric research and development, including two entirely new electric vehicle platforms for the new models to be built on.
Müller said: 'We need to get electric cars to the point where they're no longer toys for the few. The VW Group is going to electrify its entire model line-up by 2030 and it's going to redefine investment in e-mobility.'