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Volkswagen brings together all its electric cars: the ID family. completely in Madrid

Volkswagen Spain has gathered in the ID House of Madrid to the entire electric family of the brand based on the same electric platform MEB of the brand. Taking advantage of this unprecedented meeting, the firm explained its ACCELERATE strategy, which in addition to full electrification represents a radical change towards digitizationan aspect so important that it will completely turn around the product and the different business lines of the brand.

In the ID House, Volkswagen has assembled from the only existing prototype ID. Life, on which the brand’s engineers are still working up to ID. Buzz, the electric van that revives the legendary T2 and is the most emotional model in the family. Among them, the ID.3 and the ID.4, accompanied by their GTX variants (the reinterpretation of the classic sports acronym GTI), the new ID.5, a coupe SUV that will go on sale in May, and the ID.6 , a model designed for the tastes of the Chinese market that will not be sold in Europe.

Product and technology: Christoph Meyer

To explain in detail the strategy of the Volkswagen Group and especially of the German brand, he was present at the event Christopher Meyer, Head of Technology for the MEB platform and the ID family. Meyer reviewed the entire range since the investment in electrification and the development of the specific MEB platform for its electric cars that were adapted to the tastes of its customers were announced in 2017. In parallel, Volkswagen worked on the software development that will accompany all your cars and in the planning of the Gigafactories to manufacture cars and their batteries.

The range started with the ID.3. The ID.4 which was released a bit later. The latter is a special product with a very important role since it is manufactured in different variants for all world markets. The ID.3, for example, is not sold in the US and the ID.6 X/CROZZ will only be sold in China since it is created and designed according to the tastes of its customers there.

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The new ID.5, on the right, is a coupe SUV variant of the top-selling model in the family, the ID.4.

The last two products are the ID.5 that is about to go into production and will be delivered to the first customers in a few weeks and the ID. Buzz is making its world debut and will go into production soon. To these models, which are already a fact, two prototypes are added, such as the ID Lifethe smallest of the family and that will seek its space between urban cars and the Aero B, which will debut an updated MEB platform capable of offering up to 700 kilometers of autonomy with higher charging speed.

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The only prototype of the ID. Life in the garage of the ID House in Madrid.

In order to meet the demand for these products, the Volkswagen Group has made a large financial investment to remodel their factories. They are currently six those that are active manufacturing electric cars of the ID family. in the world. Four in Europe, Hannover, Zwickay and Dresden in Germany and Miadá Bolesvac in the Czech Republic, two in China Anting and Foshan. The Chattanooga plant in the United States is expected to start operations shortly to produce the local version of the ID.4.

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The entire Volkswagen ID range. current and future

Volkswagen has taken into account the entire life cycle of cars, from production to use and recycling, to maintain its ecological commitment. This will affects its suppliers, with whom it has agreements to use green electricity for the production of traction battery cells. It has implemented similar steps in its production to use 100% green electricity. If customers also use electricity from renewable sources, it is possible that the entire life cycle of the car can be completed with hardly any emissions. Volkswagen has achieved its goal of reducing approx. three tons of COtwo per vehicle from 2020 to 2021, an important step to achieve reduce 40% of its emissions by 2030 compared to those declared in 2017.

But electrification is only part of Volkswagen’s transformation. The software it forms an important part of it and is responsible for its being included in the entire ecosystem that the brand has planned. The first version of the software was updated to ID Software 2.3 last year, allowing OTA functionality (updates over the air without having to go through the workshop). The two update campaigns involved 65,000 and 55,000 vehicles, respectively. This allows improvements and new features that can make the user experience easier.

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Location of Volkswagen factories around the world.

Currently the update campaign begins at ID Software 2.4 which also requires a visit to the workshop to change the 12-volt battery. This update is essential to move on to the next one, the ID Software 3.0, a very important update that will already directly implement the production ID.5 (and the currently manufactured ID.3 and ID.4). The highlights that it will include are an increase in charging power and optimization of battery consumption, a supply of the Travel Assist system with real-time traffic data, an extension of the augmented reality of the Head-up-display, a Park Assist with memory function, improvements to the voice assistant and music streaming with digital radio and sound enhancement.

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ID range software updates. of Volkswagen.

The electric car market: Laura Ros, CEO of Volkswagen Spain

In 2017, Volkswagen announces its electrical strategy with the transformation of its product and its plants, based on the new MEB platform on which the entire range and its technology are developed. The goal is that in 2030, 70% of its sales are from electric cars. For this, it has committed 18,000 million euros for the entire transformation, of which 14,000 million are for the electrical offensive. Another 1,000 million are for hybridization and the remaining 3,000 million for software development and digitization. The Volkswagen Group announced an investment of 89,000 million euros, 34,000 million in electrification.

The result is a 96.5% increase in sales in 2021 for Volkswagen, being the second best-selling brand with the ID.3 and ID.4 in the top 5 sales. At the group level, the numbers are repeated with 452,900 vehicles sold, of which 263,200 are of the Volkswagen brand. The group is positioned as the leader in the European market, in the top 2 in the United States and quadruples its sales in China. In the first quarter of 2022, Volkswagen has sold 53,400 units, which represents an increase of 73.7% and the group in general has registered 99,100 vehicles, 65.2% of the total.

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Evolution of Volkswagen electric car sales in Spain.

In Spain, Volkswagen achieved a market share of 100% electric vehicles of 2.8% in 2021, and in 2022, according to ANFAC forecasts, it will reach 4.4%. The entire group in 2021 reached a share of 9%.

volkswagen request a aid plan more efficient that also focuses on the business channel, that promotes recharging infrastructure and that provides positive taxation. The charging infrastructure in Spain continues to be very deficient with 283 recharging points for every million inhabitants with an electric market share of 2.8%. Two political decisions will help improve the situation by speeding up the procedures. The appointment of charging points as of public interest and the possibility of starting a charging point only with a declaration of responsibility.

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The three pillars of the We Charge platform.

The We Charge ecosystem facilitates an ecosystem based on a functional platform that allows drivers to travel with peace of mind with their electric vehicle. In Spain it is based on three fundamental pillars. The ionity network that it has renewed its fixed rates to make them more competitive and that it already has 50 chargers in 16 locations in Spain (and another 5 locations in progress) with the possibility of charging up to 350 kW of power. In addition We Charge collects other 5,000 charging points with a coverage of 95% of the territory in high power load (50kW or more). Finally, the highest percentage of loads for daily use are made at home with the linked load that is also part of this platform.

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Volkswagen has committed to installing one of its battery factories in Sagunto.

Volkswagen’s industrial commitment to Spain focuses on the Sagunto Gigafactory in Valencia, which needs PERTE’s confirmation to start production in 2026. Together with it, five more facilities will be up and running in 2030. Two of them already have a location, in Sweden and Germany, another will be located in Eastern Europe and the other two are pending Group decisions.

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