Electric cars are undoubtedly gaining ground worldwide. It is so, because numerous countries are increasingly relying on clean energy generation, and the demand for electric vehicles is also rising among drivers. We can thank Tesla Motors for this kickstart. The American company demonstrated how to create efficient cars powered by electricity and started mass producing them. The advancing climate change has sparked even more interest in e-vehicles. Major European car manufacturers have now reacted to this as well.
Manufacturers like Volkswagen have decades of expertise in the vehicle industry, yet they have all adjusted their medium-term strategies for production. At the same time, they set up a goal to completely convert their production to electric cars within the next 10 to 15 years. For example, VW are planning to take over companies that manufacture batteries. But even with big future plans, today there has been little choice in the electric car market. This was especially the case for small cars, which should change soon if Volkswagen finds an effective strategy.
The Number of Registrations Is Increasing
In Europe, the change of approach is already noticeable in registration figures, which are increasing sharply for electric cars. Diesel and gasoline engines are now in lesser demand, even though electric vehicles are still expensive. Volkswagen Group are taking this into consideration, and they have recently announced that they are launching new low-cost models by 2025. We can expect new models from brands like VW, Seat and Škoda. It seems that Volkswagen wants to conquer the mass market. Initially, Volkswagen announced ID.1 for 2025. It is a five-door crossover utility vehicle that has a base of a small SUV. Two years later, ID.2 is to follow in a sedan version.
Seat and Škoda
Škoda will bring Elroq onto the market as early as 2024. It should be a compact crossover in the style of the Audi A1. Seat, on the other hand, relies on a model called Arcandra, which should be an ideal solution for big cities and suburbs. Apparently, the responsibility to develop these models is assigned to Škoda. Seat manufacturing plants in Martorell and Pamplona are being discussed as possible production sites. According to Volkswagen, the prices for the new electric cars will start at 19,000 Euros. This pricing should make electric cars attractive to most groups of buyers.
So far, manufacturers have struggled with low-cost small electric cars. However, according to Volkswagen, they have learned a lot in the meantime. The company is further developing the modular and the operating systems. Some vehicle manufacturers no longer want to produce small cars due to increasingly stringent CO2 emissions standards, but Volkswagen has this market segment under control, too. At the same time, the new vehicles should be even more functional and well-equipped. The functionality goes above all to those extras that we have only seen in the higher class so far.