Volkswagen shifts R&D focus to digitisation, more electromobility: Page 2 of 2

November 17, 2020 //By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Volkswagen shifts R&D focus to electromobility, digitisation
Driven by the prospect of a sustained tightening of climate legislation, changed user behaviour and increasing competition in the USA and China, the Volkswagen Group has decided to shift its investment focus. Digitisation as the key topic will be significantly strengthened, with around 27 billion euros being invested by the middle of the decade, around twice as much as in the previous planning period. Around 35 billion euros will be invested in e-mobility. A further 11 billion euros are planned for the hybridisation of the model portfolio.
plants and products from their own resources.

The company is committed to the Paris Climate Change Convention and aims to become carbon neutral by 2050. In its long-term planning for the next ten years, the group plans to launch around 70 pure e-models on the market by 2030. About 20 of these have already been launched, 50 more will follow. In addition, a total of around 60 hybrid vehicles are planned by the end of the decade, of which just over half are already in production.

The number of purely electric vehicles projected by 2030 is around 26 million units as part of the planning round. Around 19 million of these vehicles are based on the Modular Electric Drive System (MEB), while the majority of the other seven million vehicles are based on the high-performance PPE platform. In the case of hybrid vehicles, the group expects to produce around seven million units in the same period.


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