Volkswagen announces 10 new electric cars by 2026

On LinkedIn, Volkswagen CEO Thomas Schäfer gave an update on the brand’s electric strategy for the coming years. In addition to cheaper electric cars, the boss announced the market launch of ten new electric models by 2026. This also includes an SUV version of the ID.3.

For several years, successive leaders of the Volkswagen brand have made it a habit not to communicate via Twitter, but to communicate via Twitter LinkedIn, the social network for professionals. Herbert Diess, CEO of VW until September 1, 2022, announced that the charging time for ID.3 and ID.4 would be reduced to less than 30 minutes.

But now it’s Thomas Schäfer’s turn, the new big boss, to speak up on LinkedIn. In this post, the manager revealed some details on the manufacturer’s strategy, especially with the electrics. First he announced that Volkswagen had set this as its goal only produce electric cars in Europe by 2033 at the latest.

The point here is obviously to be prepared for the entry into force of the law passed by the European Union, which envisages a ban on the sale of thermal cars from 2035. At the same time, Thomas Schäfer confirms VW’s desire to intensify the production of electric cars no fewer than 10 new models planned by 2026.

10 new electric cars by 2026, including an ID.3 SUV

Our new entry-level electric car will be available in two flavors – as a small car and as a sporty crossover variant. We are also planning to develop a compact SUV based on the ID.3″. writes the CEO.

Yes, you read that right, Volkswagen has an SUV in its boxes based on the ID.3, its 100% electric compact city car. We suspect that this version should be taken as a basis the current MEB platform and that it will be equipped with the same battery kits with a capacity of up to 77 kWh. The boss also named a new entry-level vehicle that is available both as a compact city car and as a sporty crossover. Unfortunately, no further details are currently available.

In addition, Thomas Schäfer explains that Volkswagen is currently bundling the production capacities and proprietary technologies of the various Group brands such as Audi or Seat/Cupra. This saved 200 million euros in production plants brand group in 2022. As a reminder, Volkswagen announced in April 2022 that it intends to build more than 8,000 charging stations in Europe by 2024, further showing the brand’s interest in electric vehicles.