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Volk­swa­gen Group is on a mis­sion to of­fer the largest fleet of elec­tric ve­hi­cles in the world, across all brands and re­gions, in just a few years. From 2019, there will be a new elec­tric ve­hi­cle “vir­tu­ally ev­ery month”, said Matthias Müller, CEO of Volk­swa­gen AG, at the Group’s An­nual Me­dia Con­fer­ence in Ber­lin last month. This year, another nine new elec­tri­fied ve­hi­cles, three of which will be purely elec­tric-pow­ered, will be added to the Group’s elec­tric port­fo­lio of eight EVs. Ac­cord­ing to Müller, 16 lo­ca­tions around the globe are to pro­duce bat­tery pow­ered ve­hi­cles by the end of 2022. The Group cur­rently pro­duces elec­tric ve­hi­cles at three lo­ca­tions, and in two years’ time a fur­ther nine Group plants are sched­uled to be equipped for this purpose. And to en­sure ad­e­quate bat­tery ca­pac­ity for the mas­sive ex­pan­sion, part­ner­ships with bat­tery man­u­fac­tur­ers in Europe and China have al­ready been agreed, and con­tracts to the tune of EUR 20 bil­lion have al­ready been awarded. A sup­plier de­ci­sion for North Amer­ica will follow soon. range of 600 km, a top speed of over 200 km/h and ac­cel­er­a­tion of 0-100 km/h in four sec­onds. With an elec­tric ve­hi­cle that ex­udes moder­nity, pro­gres­sive­ness and an ap­peal­ing tech­ni­cal aes­thetic from ev­ery an­gle, the BMW i4 looks set to be­come a wor­thy Tesla Model S com­peti­tor.

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