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Volkswagen Group to offer more than 20 electric vehicle models in China “in near future”

The Volkswagen Group plans to offer more than 20 electric vehicle models—from small cars to large sedans and SUVs, plug-in hybrids and battery-electric vehicles—to Chinese customers “in the near future,” according to Prof. Dr. Jochem Heizmann, Member of the Group Board of Management with responsibility for China, in a special essay published in the Environment section of the company’s newly released sustainability report.

The Chinese government has set guidelines to reduce CO2 emissions in China to a fleet fuel consumption of 5 l/100 km (47 mpg US) as measured on the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) by 2020. The expected fleet average this year is 6.9 l/100 km (34 mpg US). Thus, the government is requiring an overall reduction of about 28%, or 6.2% per year, between 2015 and 2020. Meeting this target will be even more challenging than meeting the 95 g/km target for 2020 set by the European Union, writes Dr. Heizmann, explaining:

… in China only 1 % of cars have a diesel engine and there is a preference for more spacious vehicles which naturally are heavier. The answer to this challenge can only be a holistic approach. We have to think in terms of all possible technical solutions, including sophisticated vehicle and powertrain measures as well as alternative drive systems.

… On the subject of plug-in hybrid as a focus of the Volkswagen Group for developing new-energy vehicles in China, I think we should be aware that plug-in hybrid power is the best solution in the short and medium term. Perhaps the development of all-electric vehicles can be realized in the long run. Discussions are ongoing in this respect also with Chinese experts. We need to find solutions to facilitate the development of highly efficient batteries. And at component level we need to consider how to further improve energy conservation in both conventionally powered and electric models.

—Dr. Jochem Heizmann

There is also an accompanying need to establish an electric vehicle fast charging standard in China, Dr. Heizmann said, noting that while plug-in hybrids can be charged overnight at ordinary household sockets, battery-electric vehicles will benefit from a fast-charging infrastructure.

Currently, for example, you cannot drive an all-electric vehicle from Beijing to Shanghai and rely on charging along the way. This is because the infrastructure has not been completed yet – and even once it is, the standard may not be universal. To this end, we need dependable, stable technologies. This way, in the future we can channel our development investments in the right direction and contribute towards advancing plug-in hybrid technologies.

—Dr. Jochem Heizmann

Although the biggest challenge confronting Volkswagen with respect to electric vehicles is cost, Dr Heizmann wrote, the Group expects future electric vehicles to achieve the same price levels as conventional models.



Excellent decision from VW to invest heavily in EVs where they are most needed. There's a potential for up to 20 million EVs/year in China.

The eVW group needs another very low cost e-Beetle for the local and export markets.


I'm not sure where apartment dwelling Chinese are going to plug these in - even in Europe far more people have garages.

I suspect that some will end up buying these to get a registration number, which Chinese cities restrict, and not using electricity.


Hybrids are probably OK, PHEvs also (if a bit expensive), but I am not sure of the sense in building pure Evs for China as the electricity supply is so dirty, mostly coming from coal trucked to power stations.

It would probably cause less pollution to use gasoline hybrids rather than EVs in most Chinese cities.


If politicians in China expect the user to shoulder the complete burden incl. infrastructure then the EV prospective will not succeed. How about removing all parking meters and installing EV charging points instead? That could bring a surge in EVs.


It is easy to install 240 VAC facilities in exterior and interior parking places.

Street units could be coupled with parking meters.

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