Η Volkswagen πλέον καλοβλέπει το ενδεχόμενο να βγάλει στην αγορά ένα ηλεκτρικό βαν. Το μοντέλο θα διαθέτει επτά θέσεις και θα είναι ένα από τα 5 ηλεκτρικά μοντέλα που ετοιμάζει η γερμανική εταιρία έως το 2020.
Θα αποτελεί την έκδοση παραγωγής του BUDD-e concept και θα κατασκευάζεται πάνω στην αρθρωτή πλατφόρμα MEB του πρωτότυπου iD που είδαμε στην έκθεση του Παρισιού πριν από μερικούς μήνες. Η πλατφόρμα φιλοξενεί τις μπαταρίες στο πάτωμα, με το βαν να έχει μεγαλύτερο μεταξόνιο και μετατρόχιο. Ο ηλεκτροκινητήρας θα βρίσκεται στον πίσω άξονα, ενώ θα προσφέρεται και σε τετρακίνητη διάταξη.
Στις σχετικές ειδήσεις η Volkswagen ανακοίνωσε πως επενδύει στην Hubject, μια εταιρία που ιδρύθηκε το 2013 από την BMW, την Bosch, την Daimler, την EnBW, την Innogy και την Siemens, η οποία έχει ένα δίκτυο 40.000 φορτιστών ηλεκτρικών αυτοκινήτων σε τρεις Ηπείρους.
Επίσης το VW Group έκανε γνωστό πως αλλάζει την επίσημη γλώσσα της στα αγγλικά, προκειμένου να προσελκύσει με τον τρόπο αυτό περισσότερα διευθυντικά στελέχη που δεν γνωρίζουν γερμανικά. Τέλος στην CES η Volkswagen θα επικεντρωθεί στην δικτύωση των ανθρώπων με τα οχήματα και το περιβάλλον στο μέλλον. Εκεί η VW θα παρουσιάσει για πρώτη φορά στο αμερικάνικο κοινό το iD Concept.
Volkswagen Group invests in Hubject, the leading eRoaming platform for Europe-wide charging of electric vehicles
Berlin/Wolfsburg, 15 December 2016
- Founding shareholders BMW, Bosch, Daimler, EnBW, innogy and Siemens welcome the Volkswagen Group’s participation
- By becoming the seventh shareholder in Hubject, the Volkswagen Group is driving its transition to the e-mobility era
- Hubject provides e-mobility customers with access to almost 40,000 charge points on three continents
Volkswagen Group opts for charging network intercharge* ©Hubject Volkswagen Group opts for charging network intercharge* ©Hubject
The Volkswagen Group is joining the eRoaming platform Hubject GmbH as shareholder. With the strategic investment in the Berlin-based company, Europe’s largest car maker will push ahead with the digital interconnection of charging stations for electric vehicles starting in early 2017 as well as the expansion and internationalization of Hubject GmbH together with the founding shareholders.
One of the requirements for increasing acceptance of e-mobility – apart from an attractive range of models – is a well-developed charging infrastructure with an international payment system that is as simple as possible. Hubject, founded in 2012 by BMW, Bosch, Daimler, EnBW, innogy and Siemens, provides EV drivers with easy access to charging stations as well as payment solutions. Almost 40,000 charge points on three continents are already available on this platform.
In 2013, Hubject launched “intercharge”, a cross-provider and cross-border solution for charging electric vehicles through its own eRoaming platform in order to interconnect isolated solutions of the charging infrastructure. By investing in the eRoaming market leader Hubject, the Volkswagen Group is emphasizing its commitment to making e-mobility available to the mass-market and to systematically expanding the infrastructure.
“We have set our sights on becoming a globally leading provider in the field of sustainable mobility. With our investment in Hubject we are supporting the digital transformation and making an important contribution to the transition to the era of e-mobility”, said Thomas Sedran, Head of Group Strategy at Volkswagen AG. As part of its “TOGETHER – Strategy 2025” program, the Volkswagen Group plans to launch 30 new electric vehicles by 2025.
Thomas Daiber, CEO of Hubject GmbH, and the six founding shareholders look forward to the Volkswagen Group’s engagement: “Charging must become more customer-friendly if electric cars are to make the breakthrough and catch on quicker. Together with our new shareholder we will be working at top speed to push forward with interconnecting the charging infrastructure.”
Christian Hahn, CEO of Hubject GmbH, added: “We now have seven strong shareholders from three sectors of industry, which gives us the ideal basis for systematically pursuing our growth course in e-mobility. We are excited about this future-oriented collaboration together with the Volkswagen Group. And we remain open to welcoming further new international shareholders in the future.”
Hubject GmbH was founded in 2012 and traces back to the initiative of car manufacturers BMW and Daimler, energy providers EnBW and innogy as well as technology companies Bosch and Siemens. The company’s eRoaming platform connects charging station operators and emobility service providers in real-time, in order to give electric vehicle drivers easy and customer-friendly access to the charging infrastructure. Hubject does not operate any charging stations itself, but enables the smooth exchange of data in the background via the “intercharge” charging network. More than 240 companies across the world use the platform, including manufacturers of electric vehicles, energy providers, mobility service providers and telecommunications companies.
The Volkswagen Group with its headquarters in Wolfsburg is one of the world’s leading automobile manufacturers and the largest carmaker in Europe. The Group comprises twelve brands from seven European countries: Volkswagen Passenger Cars, Audi, SEAT, ŠKODA, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, Porsche, Ducati, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, Scania and MAN. The Group operates 121 production plants in 20 European countries and a further 11 countries in the Americas, Asia and Africa. Every weekday, over 610,000 employees worldwide produce nearly 42,000 vehicles, and work in vehicle-related services or other fields of business. The Volkswagen Group sells its vehicles in 153 countries. With its “TOGETHER – Strategy 2025” future program, the Volkswagen Group is paving the way for the biggest change process in its history: the realignment to become a globally leading provider of sustainable mobility.
Connectivity is being transformed into a personal digital experience
- Volkswagen to present the individual connectivity of tomorrow
- Preview of the next stage of intuitive operation and control
- Visionary I.D. electric vehicle to be presented for the first time in the USA
Preview Volkswagen at the CES 2017 Preview Volkswagen at the CES 2017
t the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas (5-8 January 2017), Volkswagen will unveil its vision of future mobility – a world of intelligent connectivity and sustainable vehicles.
The Volkswagen presentation at CES 2017 will focus on the networking of people, vehicles and surrounding environments. “Thanks to App Connect, our customers can already connect just about any smartphone with their vehicle – but with the Volkswagen User-ID we’re taking things a major step further”, says Dr Volkmar Tanneberger, Head of Electrical and Electronic Development at Volkswagen. “The seamless integration of Partner Services combined with our own online services will create an entirely new user experience”.
New display and control concepts will also celebrate their premiere in Las Vegas, whereby these represent consistent further developments of the systems used in the Golf R Touch (CES 2015) and BUDD-e (CES 2016). In addition, Volkswagen will present its visionary I.D. electric vehicle for the first time in America. The innovative CES trade show is the perfect venue for this, as the concept for the first compact Volkswagen based on the Modular Electric Drive Kit (MEB) combines the digitally networked world with an electric-powered and – if so desired – fully automated vehicle featuring an innovative control system.
CES is one of the world’s biggest consumer electronics trade shows and features all the latest products and services in the consumer electronics sector. The event is considered a showcase for digitisation trends and innovative developments in electronics.