German carmaker decides to use its globally popular car names to get a hold of the all-electric auto market and beat the competition.
Volkswagen made a mess with the first steps of its electrification plan. Herbert Diess, former VW CEO paid the price with his job last year. Now there is a new man in charge, who happens to admire the German carmaker’s popular model series. After revamping the EV software project, Volkswagen’s new boss Oliver Blume now officially confirmed that his firm’s global models, such as Tiguan, will get an all-electric variant.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz attended a works council meeting yesterday at Volkswagen’s headquarters in Wolfsburg. The exciting part is VW’s announcement regarding the electric Tiguan.
A spokesperson confirmed the Tiguan EV, which will probably be called ID. Tiguan, will enter production at the Wolfsburg factory in 2026. It will most likely be an ID.4 replacement. So, we expect a similarly sized and priced electric SUV.
The new Tiguan will be based on the German automaker’s recently updated EV-dedicated platform called MEB-Plus. This new modular architecture will be able to work with low-cost LFP batteries. Thanks to new battery options, Volkswagen will not only make cheaper EVs but also build models with more than 700 kilometers of range. ID. Tiguan could offer that much range and also support 200-kW DC charging, according to rumors.
Fully Electric Golf is Coming Back
The second good news is about electric Golf. It originally entered the market in 2014, then six years later discontinued after the ID.3’s highly-anticipated launch. VW’s Oliver Blume rumoredly made the product team ditch ID.2 plans for a new Golf EV. Now it is hopefully back in the game with a new name: ID. Golf.
Blume acknowledges that Golf is an icon and it should be brought into the electric age. For the purpose of doing that, the VW team has completely redesigned the ID.2. It will be based on the same platform as the electric Tiguan, which is called MEB-Plus.
Rumors suggest that the first concept named as ID. Life will debut this March. The production of the next-gen e-Golf will hopefully start in 2025. After launching ID. Tiguan and ID. Golf, the next step of Volkswagen’s electrification plan is to build its flagship EV codenamed Trinity. Customers will have to wait for a couple of more years for Germany’s so-called ‘Tesla killer’.