Last week information appeared that the German company Volkswagen plans to resume production of SUVs and pickups in the United States Scout. It seems like just a little news, but if you look deeper – it turns out that this is another step in the direction of a huge leap, which the German giant is preparing. The direction of this leap is already clear: of course, to the electrocar future!
Electric SUV and pickup Scout – for the US market
Let’s start with the story of the announced electric cars Scout. This name was once the name of a family of models produced by an American company International Harvester. In fact, these were large classic SUVs that could compete with the famous “classic” Ford Bronco of the end of the XX.
Now the Germans from the company Volkswagen seek to make a name Scout not just a model name, but a separate brand. Under this brand the favorites of customers from the United States – a large SUV and pickup will also be produced.
Only now these will be electric cars, which will be created from scratch. There are no further details at the moment, but production plans are already in place: the first prototypes should be shown in 2023, and serial models will begin production in 2026. Remember these dates!
Compact electric cars Volkswagen, Skoda, SEAT – for Europe
Unlike from the US, the European market requires small models – and they are already planned. We are talking about three models from the brands that belong to the group Volkswagen: each electric car will have its own design and body format, but they will all belong to the so-called “B” segment.
In this case a little more details are known. First, all electric cars will be built on the platform MEB Small: front-wheel drive only is expected, rear semi-independent suspension, medium-sized batteries. These will be simple and mass models costing 20-25 thousand euros. So, they will not impress with their characteristics, but with mass sales and huge volumes of production.
Secondly, the Germans have already planned a huge investment of 10 billion euros to invest in two plants located in Spain. The first will be a completely new plant for the bateries manufacture. The second point is a significant update and re-equipment of the car plant SEAT, where electric cars will be assembled – all three brands at once. The factory for the production of batteries will begin construction in 2023, and the production of commercial electric cars should begin a little later: approximately in 2025 -2026.
Large electric cars – for demanding customers
Of course, in addition to compact electric vehicles, Volkswagen also has plans and on large expensive models which can be conditionally named Project Trinity: under this name various electric cars of the future are being created. There are no specific models yet. However, there are numerous allusions to the Project Trinity: sketches or concept cars, as Volkswagen ID Vizzion – a huge 5-meter sedan.
Among the known information about this project, the following should be noted: original platform SSP, the ability to use all-wheel drive (and hence – the installation of two electric motors), large battery and a range of autonomous mileage 650-700 km, ready for the fourth level autopilot, very fast charging. Most likely, the latter should be facilitated by the use of an on-board system with a voltage of 800 volts.
So, we are talking about the use of some technologies of Porsche Taycan and Audi e–tron GT, but in a wider range of models and more mass-produced electric cars. And not only sedans (see above), but also SUVs or even minivans – an example of which can be concept car Audi Urbansphere we have talked about before.
According to the Trinity Project, the total production of electric vehicles of various brands and models should reach 40 million units. The first prototypes of serial models will debut in 2023, production will start in 2026.
So, a new leap for Volkswagen is planned for…
For the period of 2025-2026 – that is when the serial production of various electric vehicles should start. Note: we have mentioned here only what is known today. And how many more new electric car projects will appear by that time? Also, note how the “Germans” approach the formation of the line of electric vehicles: they spare no money and effort to give certain markets exactly the models that customers want. But in the end, it must lead to success and victory!