In Five Years, Volkswagen Will Lead Electric Technology
As fuel prices continue to rise, an increasing number of car companies are turning to electric solutions for power. Today, GM, Nissan and Tesla lead the industry. However, Volkswagen is on its way to lead the market by 2018.
Volkswagen has normally used diesel to power its alternative-fueled cars. However, it has recently unveiled a few new electronic cars that are set to hit showroom floors in early 2015. These vehicles include the e-Golf and e-Up. The e-Golf has LED headlights and an 85kw electric motor. The car can get to 60 mph in 10 seconds and can achieve a top speed of 87 mph. It can travel up to 118 mph on one full charge. The e-Up has a 60kw electric motor and can reach top speeds of 81 mph. It can travel up to 100 miles on one full charge.
Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn has explained that the brand will play a “key role” in electrifying the automotive world.” Volkswagen has already released a hybrid version of its Jetta, Touareg, Golf and Passat. Even the luxury brands owned by Volkswagen are set to see massive changes toward electric technology.
Volkswagen plans on maintaining its solid reputation that has been linked to its diesel vehicles. The same high standards will remain in place while developing electric technology. For example, the e-Up batteries are meant to run for longer than the popular Chevy Volt. The brand has set an impressive goal to sell 800,000 vehicles by 2018. This is double the current sales. The company knows that capturing the hearts of American car buyers will help the brand become top in the world.
Volkswagen understands that to gain a foothold in the automobile world, it is necessary to gain the lead in electric technology. Volkswagen has recruited 400 experts and 70,000 other employees to get things done right. Winterkorn claims that this is the “biggest electrification training program in the auto industry.” Going forward, it seems that Volkswagen will take the lead in electric technology within five years.