Volkswagen is said to be reviewing its plans for electrification, with new products in its pocket, but above all projects delayed due to a delicate economic context and development concerns.
The silhouette of Volkswagen’s future electric sedan supposed to arrive in 2026 // Source: Volkswagen
There will be movement within the Volkswagen group. A few months ago, Herbert Diess, the group’s former boss, left his post. Porsche boss Oliver Blume replaced him, and the latter intends to reconsider some decisions taken by his predecessor in order to adapt the strategy to the current context.
As you may know if you follow automotive news diligently, Volkswagen has a big project for 2026: Trinity. This vast plan contains several interesting elements, such as the construction of a new factory for electric cars, the arrival of a new SSP software platform and, at the same time, a new 100% electric sedan as a standard bearer for the manufacturer.
A product plan to evolve?
But everything seems to have changed recently at Volkswagen. According to an inside source – via Automotive News Europe –, Oliver Blume would have postponed the Trinity project to 2030. The construction of the new plant (due to start next spring) near the historic site of Wolfsburg is no longer certain.
Volkswagen would study other scenarios, such as modifying certain assembly lines in Wolfsburg to accommodate new electric cars. As a reminder, the construction project for the new factory had been voted on by the group’s board of directors and would cost around two billion euros.
In terms of product, there would also be change. If the eighth generation of Golf, the best-selling car in Europe in recent years, was not sure of having descendants, Volkswagen would have made the decision to develop a ninth generation 100% electric. It’s the same for the next generation of the Tiguan. The electric Golf and Tiguan would use the current MEB electric platform (but with an update) and would be built at the Wolfsburg factory, alongside thermal models.
To return to the product plan, remember that if a new Golf were to arrive and if it were electric, it would not be the first. Indeed, the seventh generation Golf had the right to a 100% electric version from 2014 to 2020. It was replaced at the launch of the Golf VIII and the arrival of the new ID.3, supposed to take over.
Always software problems
At the same time, Volkswagen is facing software problems, especially regarding the development of autonomous driving systems. However, it is because of the delays in this famous software platform that Oliver Blume intends to postpone the Trinity project to 2030.
To make matters worse, geopolitical turmoil and the fragile and volatile nature of the raw material supply chain could hamper the planned expansion of battery production, slowing the mainstream adoption of electric vehicles and the transition towards an electrified future.
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