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Plugging In: An Inside Look at the MEB — VW’s Platform for an Electrified Future

A combined VW-Ford battery-car program seems to have come un-plugged, however.

by Paul A. Eisenstein on Feb.11, 2019

An under-the-skin look at VW's modular MEB battery-car platform reveals the skateboard-like layout.

Volkswagen is plugging into battery power in a big way, the German automaker planning to launch 50 or more all-electric models by 2025, an aggressive push that will have it betting heavily on a single new platform it is developing. Dubbed the MEB, this flexible, modular “architecture” will be used to underpin the vast majority of battery-electric vehicles, or BEVs, that will be offered by VW’s dozen different passenger car brands.

The MEB has been a topic of discussion between VW and Ford Motor Co., the two companies recently launching a joint venture to develop light commercial vehicles. They also are exploring ways they may be able to work together on the development of electric vehicles, possibly using the new VW platform — though a senior Ford official cautioned that this might prove more difficult than originally hoped.

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“The future, for us, is really a dedicated EV platform,” said Matthew Renna, vice president of e-Mobility for Volkswagen’s North American Region, a platform “flexible enough to cover a broad gamut of products ranging from an entry level subcompact up to models like the ID. Buzz minivan and even midsize SUVs.


Mueller Out, Diess In at VW – And More Shake-Ups Likely

Automaker restructuring into three groups and may be readying spin-off of truck group.

by Paul A. Eisenstein on Apr.12, 2018

New VW CEO Herbert Diess unveiled two EVs, including the Buzz microbus, at CEO.

Matthias Mueller, the executive often given credit with steering Volkswagen Group through the worst crisis in its post-War history, has been pushed aside, replaced as CEO by Herbert Diess, the head of the flagship VW brand.

The elevation of Diess comes at a time when Volkswagen is charting a path that calls for greater sales and profits, lower costs, and a decreasing dependence on the diesels that had been a foundation, albeit a troubled one, for the company. Diess will also oversee a restructuring that will reform the parent company into three groups and could lead to the eventually spin-off of its truck and bus division.


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The 64-year-old Mueller was elevated to CEO in 2015, following revelations that VW had rigged its diesel engines to illegally pass emissions tests. He “has done outstanding work for the Volkswagen Group,” the automakers said in a statement, work that included dealing with angry regulators, shareholders and owners and negotiating settlements, fines and buybacks that ultimately are expected to cost VW about $30 billion in the U.S. alone.


EU Plans Big Cuts in CO2 Emissions; Move Will Accelerate Race to Electrify

Proposal would cut exhaust emissions by 30% -- which automakers label “overly challenging.”

by Paul A. Eisenstein on Nov.09, 2017

The EU's current target for 2021 would equal 54 mpg. That would jump 30% by 2030.

With some of the world’s toughest emissions rules already in place, the European Commission wants to crack down even harder on CO2, the gas primarily blamed for global warming.

This week’s announcement comes at a time when a number of European countries, as well as some major cities, are planning their own crackdowns on emissions. Several nations, including Norway, the UK and France, have either laid out plans to ban the internal combustion engine entirely or are studying such moves.

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Currently, the EU is set to trim CO2 emissions to just 95 grams per kilometer by 2021, equal to fuel economy of about 57.4 miles per gallon, for passenger cars. For light commercial vehicles the target is 147 grams.


VW Cutting 30,000 Jobs Worldwide in Wake of Diesel Emissions Scandal

Move is part of broader changes to shift product plans, improve efficiency.

by Paul A. Eisenstein on Nov.18, 2016

VW CEO Matthias Mueller wants to double the carmaker's profit margin and shift its product mix.

Volkswagen AG will eliminate about 30,000 jobs, the majority of them in Germany, as it struggles to cut costs in the wake of a diesel emissions scandal that some analysts estimate will eventually cost it as much as $30 billion or more.

The cuts are expected to save the embattled automaker about 3.7 billion Euros, or nearly $4 billion annually, according to VW CEO Matthias Mueller. However, the move is meant to do more than simply help cover the costs of the diesel scandal.

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The job cuts are part of “the biggest modernization program in the history of the group’s core brand,” Mueller told reporters during a news conference at VW’s corporate headquarters in Wolfsburg, Germany.  “The VW brand needs a real shake-up,” he added, “and that is exactly what the future pact has turned out to be.”


VW’s “Completely New” Battery Car Could Be World’s First Electric Minivan

Concept vehicle to debut at Consumer Electronics Show in January.

by Paul A. Eisenstein on Dec.17, 2015

A battery-Microbus? VW isn't saying.

Volkswagen is planning to reveal a “completely new” electric vehicle concept at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas early next month, and while the maker is being mum about specifics, inside sources suggest the concept vehicle could be a prelude to the launch of a new battery-electric minivan.

Senior VW officials have laid out plans to offer “electrified” versions of virtually every vehicle offered by the Volkswagen and Audi brands in the coming years. There is already a pure battery-electric version of the compact VW Golf, and Audi intends to launch a long-range electric SUV in 2018.

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The concept “marks the beginning of a new era of affordable long-distance electromobility,” VW said in a terse statement released this week, adding that the CES show car underscores the “major changes that the car is set to go through in the next few years.”


VW Hopes to Charge up LA Auto Show Audiences with Twin Battery Cars

CrossBlue Coupe Concept to join e-Golf on show stand.

by Paul A. Eisenstein on Nov.15, 2013

VW's CrossBlue concept made its original debut in Shanghai. The maker suggests it will be updated for its American unveiling.

Volkswagen aims to electrify L.A. Auto Show-goers when it rolls out two battery-based models next week, including both the new e-Golf – its first battery-electric vehicle for the U.S. market – and an updated version of the CrossBlue Coupe Concept first unveiled earlier this year in Shanghai.

We offered readers a first look at the e-Golf this week, and now turn to the CrossBlue, a 5-seat plug-in hybrid that we almost certainly will see again, suggests Klaus Bischoff, Head of Design for the Volkswagen Brand.

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“The disproportionate growth in the SUV segment gives designers the opportunity to implement an even greater diversification of models,” explains Bischoff, adding that, “The CrossBlue Coupé shows the potential of our Volkswagen design DNA and will undoubtedly have an influence on future SUV models.”


VW to Unveil e-Golf at LA Auto Show

Maker will offer Roadside Assistance Plan to counter “range anxiety.”.

by Paul A. Eisenstein on Nov.13, 2013

The VW e-Golf will go on sale in "selected" U.S. market in late 2014. No pricing has been announced.

Volkswagen’s first battery-electric vehicle to enter the U.S. market will make its debut at the upcoming L.A. Auto Show, an event expected to showcase a wide range of zero-emissions vehicles.

After a slow start, the German maker has been making an aggressive push into battery technology with hybrids, plug-ins and full battery-electric vehicles. VW promises that the e-Golf will boast one of the fastest recharge times in the industry.

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The Volkswagen e-Golf is set to go on sale during the fourth quarter of 2014 in “select states” – which will likely mean California and other states with similar zero-emissions mandates.  The new model will be powered by a 24.7 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack paired with a 115-horsepower motor capable of launching the car from 0 to 60 in 10.4 seconds, with a top speed rated at 87 mph.


VW Going Electric at Detroit Auto Show

German maker to unveil Passat hybrid and a new battery car.

by Paul A. Eisenstein on Dec.14, 2011

Volkswagen will reveal a new hybrid version of the Passat sedan during the Detroit Auto Show.

Volkswagen hopes to charge into the upcoming Detroit Auto Show with a pair of battery-based vehicles including a new hybrid version of its hot-selling Passat sedan.

The German maker is better known for its commitment to diesel technology, so-called “oil burners” accounting for as much as a third of the sales of some of its U.S. models.  But to win over the growing “green car” segment, both here and abroad, VW has been putting a bigger emphasis on electric propulsion.

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The arrival of a Passat hybrid would follow the launch of the maker’s first gas-electric model, the Touareg Hybrid, last year.  The newer offering is due to market by November as a 2013 model.

As for the battery-electric vehicle that Volkswagen plans to show in Detroit the maker isn’t ready to release details beyond saying the small zero-emissions vehicle will not be the same E-Up model that it first revealed during the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2009.


Q&A: Volkswagen’s Jacoby & Hackenberg

Betting on something the consumer may not want.

by Paul A. Eisenstein on Sep.25, 2009

Governments may force the industry to build battery cars, like the 2013 Volkswagen e-Up, but governments will also need to subsidize their sale, says VW's global technology chief, Ulrich Hackenberg.

Governments may force the industry to build battery cars, like the 2013 Volkswagen e-Up, but governments will also need to subsidize their sale, says VW's global technology chief, Ulrich Hackenberg.

“If you build it, they will come,” goes the oft-quoted line from the film, “Field of Dreams.”  That’s the guiding principle of the auto industry, though in the coming years, there’s no guarantee consumers really will come to showrooms for some of the products now on the industry’s drawing boards.

Take the “e-Up,” the little electric car that Volkswagen unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show, earlier this month.  Based on the smallest car in the VW line-up, it’s designed to meet tough new emissions and fuel economy standards, but at a stiff price premium – and with a trade-off on range.

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Whether there really will be a market for e-Up or any of the other plug-ins, E-REVS or battery cars is one of the questions posed to two of Volkswagen’s top officials, global technology chief Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, and Stefan Jacoby, CEO of Volkswagen of America.