The Volkswagen Group has announced plans to offer its entire 300 model range with the option of an electric or hybrid drivetrain by 2030 as its set out its “Roadmap E” plan at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
The group plans to bring a total of over 80 new electrified models to customers by 2025, including some 50 purely battery-powered vehicles and 30 plug-in hybrids as it doubles its investment in zero-emission vehicles to 20bn euros (£18bn) in a bid to put dieselgate behind it.
Speaking at the at the Group Media Night ahead of the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt, Matthias Müller, chairman of the board of management of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft, reavealed that VW’s EV presence would increase by leaps and bounds after 2025 until there is at least one electrified version for each of the Group's 300 or so models across all vehicle classes worldwide by 2030 at the latest.
Müller said: “We have got the message and we will deliver. This is not some vague declaration of intent. It is a strong self-commitment which, from today, becomes the yardstick by which we measure our performance.
"The transformation in our industry is unstoppable. And we will lead that transformation.”
Volkswagen revealed an updated version of its E-Golf EV earlier this week and its latest I.D. CROZZ EV concept has taken centre stage on its stand at Frankfurt.
The Group was billed by some media outlets as the first volume manufacturer to make the declaration that it would electrify its entire fleet by a certain date.
Its plans were closely followed by Honda's announcement today (Tuesday, September 12) that it would feature the option of an electric drivetrain elememnt in all of its future vehicles in Europe as it unveiled the CR-V Hybrid Prototype – Honda’s first electrified SUV in Europe – which will be launched in 2018.
The announcements by Volkswagen and Honda in Frankfurt followed similar earlier statements of intent from Volvo and Jaguar.
At the Frankfurt show this morning Jaguar sought to un the ante with the launch of a racing version of its new EV-powered I-Pace SUV as it launched the world’s first production car-based EV racing championship - a support series for the FIA Formula E Championship.
Mercedes-Benz followed Volvo, JLR and VW with a promise that it would offer electric versions of all its cars via an announcement at Frankfurt.
Mercedes chief Dieter Zetsche said the entire range would have electric or hybrid versions by 2022 as the brand unveiled its new 1,000PS hybrid Project One supercar alongside its EQA compact EV concept and the pre-production launch of the GLC F-CELL SUV, which combines an EV motor and hydrogen fuel cell.
BMW's concept for the electric Mini, meanwhile, is unveiled at the show today.
Harald Krueger, chief executive of BMW, agreed there would be a transition period where combustion engines were still needed but told the BBC that electric cars were "not just hype, this is the long-term trend".
The electric Mini, which will be assembled in Oxford, will go on sale in 2019.