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VW will build EVs in 16 factories in zero-emission push

VW will build EVs in 16 factories in zero-emission push

At the Volkswagen Groups annual media conference in Berlin on March 13, the German manufacturer announced that another 16 locations around the globe are to produce battery powered vehicles by the end of 2022.

The three new electric vehicles are just the tip of the iceberg as Müller said the Volkswagen Group will introduce a new electric vehicle "virtually every month" starting in 2019.

Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE) has selected partners to provide battery cells and related technology worth around 20 billion euros ($24.7 billion) for electric-vehicle (EV) projects in Europe and China, pushing ahead with a shift to zero-emission cars.

The Volkswagen Group plans to have electric cars wearing all 12 of its automotive brands, plus its Volkswagen Commercial operation and its trucking companies, MAN and Scania.

VW's emissions scandal, new Chinese quotas for electric cars and tightening rules on carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in Europe are causing automakers to focus on green cars and self-driving technology.

Even with the battery-supply deals, one of the largest purchasing tenders in the auto industry, Volkswagen's power-supply issues are still far from over.

"This is how we intend to offer the largest fleet of electric vehicles in the world, across all brands and regions, in just a few years", Müller insisted.

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"Over the last few months, we have pulled out all the stops to implement "Roadmap E" with the necessary speed and determination".

Four out of 10 Volkswagen Group's cars were sold in the Chinese market past year, the Wolfsburg-based German company announced here on Tuesday at its annual media conference.

The near-term plan includes nine new vehicles, three of which will be purely battery powered, to arrive in showrooms before the end of 2018.

In the longer term, the Group's pure BEVs would all sit upon one of two purpose-designed architectures.

The efforts will also support Volkswagen's rollout of its Modular Electrification Toolkit (MEB) platform. The Audi luxury marque is set to begin deliveries later this year of the all-electric E-Tron SUV. VIZZION, another member of the Volkswagen I.D. family. Currently, VW produces battery operated vehicles in just three of its factories and in just two years another nine factory locations would be equipped for this objective.

It plans to pay for all this EV extravagance by slashing costs in other areas of development. The manufacturer predicts an operating margin this year of between 6.5 percent and 7.5 percent of revenue, compared with 7.4 percent in 2017.


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