Volkswagen's Commitment to Electric Vehicles
Recent news that Volkswagen has awarded contracts to battery suppliers for around £35 Billion ($47 Billion) certainly shows their commitment to the technology. Initially, they had planned on spending £44 Billion ($60 Billion) by 2025, so it appears electric vehicles aren't on the back burner. Those figures start to mean something when you discover they are close to the market value (yes entire market value) of Tesla Motors.
Production of Tesla's latest offering, the Model 3, hasn't gone too smoothly either, with Elon Musk admitting that the use of too many Robots caused "production hell" and that he was "back to sleeping at the factory" in order to oversee the Model 3 production. So with the ongoing issues at Tesla, and VW signalling their intent in the EV market, what can we expect to see from the German manufacturer?
The I.D Vizzion is the replacement for the Phaeton, with production due to start in 2021. The "Digital Chauffeur" offers level 5 autonomous driving, where a car's autonomy is so unconditional and absolute it no longer needs any controls whatsoever.