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VW CEO Matthias Muller announces rapid EV expansion programme

VW The CEO of German auto-giant Volkswagen has confirmed the company is embarking on an ambitious programme to build electric vehicles. According to Matthias Muller, VW is set to build 16 global EV manufacturing plants over the next four years and will eventually offer every one of the group’s models as an electric option.

Addressing media reporters at a conference in Berlin earlier this week, the CEO said the Volkswagen Group’s target was to be manufacturing three million EVs every year. He explained that the long-term plan was for this to be happening by 2025 at the latest.

Mr Muller said VW had already signed up suppliers for cell batteries and to provide the technical components and knowhow. He added that EV versions of all models from VW subsidiaries including Audi, Porsche, Scania Trucks and Seat would be launched.

VW says a new EV will hit the market almost once a month when production lines are working at maximum capacity. CEO Muller claimed there would be 80 VW Group EV models rolling out of assembly plants by 2025 and these were likely to be predominantly ones bearing the VW, Audi and Porsche marques.

Muller said the aim by 2030 was for VW to be offering the biggest portfolio of EVs in the world. The plan by this date is to offer an EV version of every one of the VW Group’s 300 different models. The CEO did allow that for some of these models they might be limited to offering hybrids with plug-in connections.

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