Challenging Tesla, Volkswagen Announces Electric SUV, Mass Production of Electric Vehicles
Monday April 15, 2019. 12:34 PM , from Slashdot
Volkswagen is planning to release a fully-electric SUV in China which could compete with Tesla's Model X. The German automaker said Sunday the ID. ROOMZZ will be unveiled at the upcoming Shanghai Auto Show and will be available in 2021. Volkswagen says the zero-emission vehicle can go approximately 450 kilometers (280 miles) before the battery has to be recharged.
Volkswagen also claims it will have 'level 4 autonomous driving,' Reuters reports, adding that this electric SUV 'is the latest move in Volkswagen's aggressive growth strategy in China, where electric cars are given preferential treatment by authorities...' In fact, the company's chief executive says nearly half of VW's engineers are working on products for the China market, though the electric SUV will eventually be shipped to other markets. 'We plan to produce more than 22 million electric cars in the next 10 years.'
VW's head of e-mobility also tells Reuters that Volkswagen will convert eight of their factories to mass produce electric Volkswagens, and eight more factories to to mass-produce electric cars under a different brand.
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