“The future, for us, is really a dedicated EV platform,” Matthew Renna, vp of e-Mobility for Volkswagen’s North American Region, outlined all through a media event on the Chicago Auto Show closing month. The MEB platform is “flexible enough to cover a broad gamut of products ranging from an entry level subcompact up to models like the ID. Buzz minivan and even midsize SUVs,” he well-known, whereas together with that upscale fashions, such as a result of the Audi This autumn and the all-electric mannequin of the Porsche Macan, will rely upon a second platform, dubbed the PPE.
The first expertise of battery-cars, such as a result of the VW e-Golf, wanted to stuff batteries wherever room could very nicely be found, normally intruding into passenger and cargo home. The MEB and PPE “architectures,” however, are additional like skateboards, with their batteries, motors and totally different key powertrain parts mounted in or beneath the load flooring. That frees up passenger and cargo home and lowers a automobile’s center of gravity, enhancing dealing with.
Renna said VW is working to deal with totally different key factors which have slowed most of the people embrace of electrification, notably range, charging events and automobile pricing.
As product sales volumes go up, the automaker hopes to be taught from economies of scale, notably in relation to batteries. Where lithium-ion know-how worth as loads as $1,000 per kilowatt-hour at the beginning of the final decade, that has fallen to beneath $200 for a lot of producers, in retaining with David Cole, chairman-emeritus of the Center for Automotive Research, and can drop beneath $100 by means of the primary half of the approaching decade.
A analysis by Deloitte launched in January predicted that prices on powertrain parts will start falling so rapidly that BEVs could attain worth parity with gas-powered fashions by as early as 2022 – though totally different analysis, collectively with one by the Boston Consulting Group, don’t see parity coming until later inside the decade.
With lots of the merchandise it’s rising anticipated to yield anyplace from 200 to 400 miles per value, VW moreover believes it may probably scale back issues about “range anxiety.” Charging, however, is one different matter.
While a whole bunch of hundreds of BEV homeowners are anticipated to place in residence chargers, there’ll nonetheless be a should broaden the availability of public charging stations. In Europe, VW is partnering with rivals collectively with BMW and Daimler to rearrange a continental infrastructure. In the U.S., within the meantime, it has earmarked $2 billion from the settlement of its diesel scandal to fund a model new agency often known as Electrify America. That enterprise is already placing in a whole bunch of public chargers all through the U.S., notably on major, cross-country routes like Interstate 80.