IN BRIEF: By 2020, Volkswagen aims to deliver fully-electric and hybrid models. To regain trust and competence, they are starting with unveiling their first fully electric car—which would supposedly run 480 KM on a 15-minute charge.
Last year, the German automobile company, Volkswagen (VW) was haunted by an emissions cheating scandal, and issues with system vulnerability that jeopardize the security of 100 million cars.
And now it seems Volkswagen are trying to make amends for this breach of trust and environmental violation: they are unveiling their first fully electric car at this year’s Paris motor show.
Volkswagen’s First All-Electric Car
The car will be the size of the existing VW Golf while having the spacious interior of the Passat. Its most remarkable feature will be its charging time—it can take you 480 kilometers (300 miles) on a 15-minute charge, an impressive attribute for a production car.
Even for electric vehicles with big batteries and lots of range, recharging time has been the key sticking point – Tesla’s supercharger stations will achieve an 80 percent charge in around 45 minutes, for instance.
A 15-minute time for 480 kilometers of range would be very impressive in a production vehicle. VW-owned Porsche claimed an 80 percent charge in 15 minutes for its Mission E Concept, unveiled last year, with a max range on a full charge of 310 miles. To achieve this speed requires an 800 volt charging rate.
Early this year, Volkswagen made a pledge to deliver an environment-friendly lineup in North America by 2020, which includes 20 different EV and plug-in hybrid models. In line with this pledge, their first all-electric car is set to launch sometime between late 2018 and early 2019.