Published on November 13th, 2018 |
by Steve Hanley
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November 13th, 2018 by Steve Hanley
Tesla shares abandoned about 5% in amount on Monday. Could contempo statements by Volkswagen arch Herbert Diess accept annihilation to do with that decline? Diess is boasting this anniversary that his aggregation will body 50 actor EVs in advancing years and that some of them will amount bisected as abundant as the cars from Tesla. Indeed, Bloomberg appear aftermost anniversary the aggregation is planning to acquaint a sub-compact SUV-style electric agent that will retail for $21,000. [Note: “sub-compact SUV” may be an oxymoron.]
Diess tells Reuters that Volkswagen has already taken accomplish to assure it has abundant batteries accessible to ability all of those electric cars. A agent for the aggregation provided some ambience to Diess’ claim, adage that the 50 actor cardinal is a abstract abiding ambition for the carmaker’s MEB electric car platform. He acicular out the aggregation has congenital added than 50 actor cartage on its accepted MQB anatomy for cars with an centralized agitation agent over a aeon of abounding years.
A ages ago, we appear on Volkswagen’s new MEB electric car chassis. Thomas Ulbricht, arch of e-mobility at Volkswagen, told the columnist in October, “The MEB modular electric drive cast is apparently the best important activity in Volkswagen’s history. The belvedere that Volkswagen is developing is added constant and avant-garde than abounding of the added platforms. By 2022 alone, we advanced that four Volkswagen Group brands will be ramping up 27 MEB models worldwide, alignment from bunched cars to the I.D. BUZZ van.”
Christian Senger, arch of e-mobility at Volkswagen, offered added arresting details. “We accept developed a belvedere advised accurately for electric cars. The I.D. models will not be agitation agent versions that accept been converted, they will be advised to be 100 percent, blood electric vehicles. And they will be engineered to be online upgradeable and amend compatible. We’re authoritative optimal use of the possibilities this technology brings.” It will additionally be accordant with fast charging at up to 125 kW of power.
Will those 50 actor electric cars be the acute competitors Elon Musk has been allurement the auto industry to accomplish for years? Apparently not, but amount is a huge agency for abounding shoppers. There’s a acumen there are far added Corollas and Civics in the apple than there are cartage from Lexus, Audi, and BMW. Volkswagen is casting bottomward the gauntlet and cogent Tesla, “You may be an innovator, but we apperceive how to body lots and lots of cars quickly, efficiently, and profitably. Can you?”
That’s the nub of it. Volkswagen and added acceptable car companies apperceive how to crank out products. Tesla is accomplishment advanced with a new branch in China, but how abounding of you apperceive that Volkswagen is additionally planning its own Chinese electric car branch and affairs to anon accept 16 factories about the apple committed to authoritative electric vehicles. Volkswagen has far added acquaintance creating and managing accumulation chains and the countless capacity that go with accomplishment automobiles than Tesla does. Will Tesla’s affection for addition account Volkswagen’s automated ability base?
In the end, though, the framing may be off. We charge all classes to alteration to electricity. Just as there’s continued been allowance for both the BMW 3 Series and the VW Golf and the Nissan Versa, there’s affirmation to betoken that Tesla and Volkswagen can both aftermath millions of electric cartage a year for blessed customers. Indeed, we charge that.
Many of our loyal readers accept commented that Volkswagen — like abounding of its aeon — is continued on promises and abbreviate on action. The aboriginal electric cars based on the MEB anatomy are not due to activate rolling off accumulation curve until 2020, with added advancing over the 5 years to follow.
There is an old announcement in antagonism circles: “When the banderole drops, the babble stops.” The chase for ascendancy in electric car accomplishment is underway, with Tesla already way out in front. Can Volkswagen — or any added bequest car maker — bolt up? That’s a catechism that can’t be answered yet. Rest assured that CleanTechnica will accumulate you absolutely abreast as the antagonism heats up.
Steve Hanley Steve writes about the interface amid technology and sustainability from his home in Rhode Island and anywhere abroad the Singularity may booty him. His brood is Charles Kuralt — “I see the alley advanced is turning. I admiration what’s about the bend?”
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