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A new report tells us that VW has finally stopped living a diesel-lie and has accepted that it must take on the challenge of developing affordable and effective EVs (alright, I'm paraphrasing with some more colorful language). To that end, VW is aiming to develop a EV that will compete against the Bolt with a projected on sale date of somewhere around late 2018 or early 2019.

The yet-unnamed model will ride on the same modular MEB platform as the electric version of the upcoming eighth-generation Golf, and the two EVs will share many powertrain components. However, the EV will feature a completely different design, though it's too early to tell whether it will be a sedan or a hatchback, and it will be more affordable than its Golf-badged sibling. Australian website Motoring has learned it will likely offer a more range, too.
The MEB platform will be used to underpin a number of electric vehicles, like the Budd-e concept that debuted at CES last month. VW plans to push forward many EV projects in order to move away from diesel and the scandal of cheating emissions tests for years and falsely advertising the "clean" diesel vehicles it made that were actually some of the dirtiest on the road.
 

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The concept that they showed in CES did look really cool, and electric VWs could make the VW brand a little more interesting in terms of design. Seeing some of the design elements in that concept integrated into other VW vehicles, and even a purely electric vehicle, could be a good thing for them. Not to mention that a move like this will change both the look and the spirit of VW, and contrast with VW's current diesel quagmire.

 

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Given how open car makers are about EV's and the tech that goes behind them, we should be seeing more about this possibly in greater detail, like with a half cut model or one where all the components are shown in plain view.

Exactly how it will differ from the competition is what i'll be on the look out for.
 

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Not surprised VW decided to go the EV route. They could be trying to clear their name after diesel gate.
If they manage to create something unique like their concept vehicle and have a competitive range, I think it could beat the Bolt EV but 2018/2019 is so far away.
 

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Not surprised VW decided to go the EV route. They could be trying to clear their name after diesel gate.
If they manage to create something unique like their concept vehicle and have a competitive range, I think it could beat the Bolt EV but 2018/2019 is so far away.
Not even close, clearing their name with an EV is far from it. It doesn't work like they, they don't just start planning for something like this so soon and telling the public about it.

By now you should know there has long been developments in the EV space, and NOW things are really starting to ramp up on mainstream EV's... after all your on a forum on the CHEVY BOLT.
 

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Thanks for the link. It may be 300 "European" NEDC miles, which are a little different...The European range testing method is more generous for EVs than the US EPA equivalent.
 

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Of course they would find different ways to measure range. Just to make its easier for for everyone...
 
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