Sales of Volkswagen’s iconic models that run on conventional gasoline technology like the Polo, Golf and Passat would not continue in the future in markets that ban ICE vehicles. Volkswagen is not looking to strap electric motors and batteries to make them comply with government regulations and would instead sell equivalent vehicles from the ID family.
Talking to Auto Express in May, Jürgen Stackmannn, former Member of the Board of Management Volkswagen Passenger Cars for Sales, Marketing and After Sales, said that models like the Golf will not be selling alongside ID range of electric cars in the electric-only future. This means in places like the United Kingdom, where sale of new ICE cars are banned from 2030, models like Golf and Polo will not be made to comply. However in countries which are behind the curve in the adoption of electric cars, they would run parallel.
VW ID.2 – Polo class car to release in 2023
This week reports of a smaller Volkswagen electric car reemerged. Automotive News, citing German press reports, reports that the company is fast-tracking the VW ID.2 project that is for an electric car of the size of the VW Polo. It is expected to launch in 2023 for a price of around 20,000 Euros and Volkswagen has instituted a team to work on the Small BEV (Battery Electric Vehicle) project.
Unlike the 2025 VW ID.1 that is set to use a significantly different platform, the ID.2 will be based on the MEB that underpins the ID.3. Volkswagen has not said what the ID.2 would look like and where it might be manufactured, but our guess is that it would have crossover design connections and a manufacturing base where wages are lower than in Germany.
The VW Group says that the proportion of electric and hybrid cars it sells in Europe would move up to 60 percent from the previously announced 40 percent by 2030 as EU’s CO2 targets get more stringent. It is investing more than half of the planned 73 billion euros ($86 billion) through 2025 on battery electric vehicles, it said on November 13.
Volkswagen’s fully-electric Golf, the e-Golf was to be discontinued once the ID.3 starts reaching the market widely. However that was before the pandemic and reports state VW will continue to sell the e-Golf through 2020 as the demand for the car is robust and Volkswagen has faced short delays in the launch of the ID.3. The e-Golf has a 35.8 kWh battery pack and offers a range of 231 km (WLTP). Though the e-Golf is great to drive, the driving range is not very competitive. The Golf-sized ID.3, however, offers a driving range of up to 320 km in the lowest spec and goes up to 550 km with the largest battery pack on offer.
While the long-term future does look uncertain for combustion-engine models like the Polo and Golf that have dominated the sales tables in Europe for decades, their story is not coming to an abrupt end.
Stackmann had confirmed to Auto Express that a ninth-generation Golf will be launched before the switch to full-electric models happen around the world. The eighth-generation Golf is available with five engines – two petrol engines, two diesel engines and one mild-hybrid powertrain. There’s also a GTE plug-in hybrid version that has a TSI four-cylinder engine and an electric motor for a combined output of 245 PS (180 kW) and 400 Nm of torque. The GTE Golf has an all-electric range of 60 km and can be driven up to 130 km/h in this mode.
The Volkswagen brand is ramping-up efforts to be the world’s largest producer of electric cars. The target is to manufacture 1.5 million electric vehicles a year by 2025, and the models include the VW ID.3, India-bound VW ID.4, VW ID.5 (or the ID.4 GTX), VW ID.6 and VW MEB Entry models which are the VW ID.1 and ID.2.