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16 March 2018, 01:29 | Lionel James
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A decision on a supplier for North America will be taken soon, it said.
It reportedly has Samsung SDI, LG Chem and Contemporary Amperex Technology on board as battery suppliers for two of its biggest markets, Europe and China.
VW brand will launch its first new-generation EV, the I.D. hatchback, in 2020 followed at short intervals by other I.D. models including the I.D. Crozz SUV and I.D. Buzz minivan.
The main takeaway from this bit of news is that VW must be at least somewhat anxious about the future supply of batteries if its willing to tie up $25 billion in raw material and parts costs all for models that are still years away from production.
Volkswagen's 2017 annual pre-tax earnings were nearly double the previous year's at €13.9bn. Tesla is reported to have sold 102,807 electric cars in 2017, mainly high-end models. In the European Union, there is also a new, more time-consuming test procedure for determining pollutant and carbon dioxide emissions as well as fuel consumption in passenger cars and light commercial vehicles (WLTP).
Europe's largest automaker said on Tuesday it will expand EV production to 16 factories worldwide through the end of 2022.BERLIN:Volkswagen has selected partners to provide battery cells and related technology worth around 20 billion euros ($24.7 billion) for electric-vehicle (EV) projects in Europe and China, pushing ahead with a shift to zero-emission cars.
In spite of the billions in cash outflows from the diesel crisis, says VW, net liquidity at the end of 2017 remained at a very solid Euro 22.4 billion.
The U.S. has no coherent national plan for comprehensive fast charging, despite the model laid down by the Tesla Supercharger network starting five years ago, and the job is largely being left to private industry. Müller added that from 2019, it plans to offer a new electric auto, "virtually every month". Volvo pledged that next year all of its cars will move to electric. General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM) says it will have 20 or more electric vehicles by 2023.
And Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi, the globe's current largest seller of EVs, said in January it wouldn't loosen its grip on that title. However, at the time, it did not go into detail about the investment. The company, in its pivot, has framed electric cars as core to its mission.
"There will be a coexistence between internal combustion engines and electric drive systems for a certain period - I can't tell you how long that will be", Mueller told the BBC in September.
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