Volkswagen Group models to be electrified by 2025

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On Monday the 11th September the German Vehicle manufacturer made this ambitious announcement, saying that they will make at least one electronic version of their near 300 models.

The largest automotive market in the world, China is studying when to end production and sales of combustion engine vehicles, which echoes the moves by France and Britain, with both announcing bans starting in 2040 for conventional cars.

"We need to improve profits considerably in the USA", he said, as the automaker prepares for "the next phase" of electric, connected and autonomous vehicles.

The Volkswagen ID Buzz will be part of Volkswagen's planned ID line of electric vehicles. Tesla has started to roll out the $35,000 Model 3 to broaden its appeal and stem billions of dollars in losses.

VW is the first major auto manufacturer to make this kind of commitment to electric vehicles.

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But diesel remains in the mix - with what automakers say are better emissions controls to meet European Union standards in which cars will be tested under real-world driving conditions, as well as on test stands. Muller said the Group was initially aiming for electric models with a range of around 370 miles, and was also conducting research into solid state battery technology with a potential range of 1000 miles which he hoped could be brought to production by 2030.

This latest automotive initiative is one of the biggest in the industry following the announcement of the ban on all combustion-powered cars in the United Kingdom by 2040.

"We have not decided if we will build it in the USA", he said. "We'll generate the money we need to make these investments".

It's a decision that forms part of a much larger trend pushed both by governments as they look to reduce the air pollution in cities, and auto companies that realise customers are looking for cleaner, more efficient vehicles. The premium vehicle brand is slashing spending to free up €10 billion to develop an electric-car lineup that will comprise as many as 12 models in 2025. German automakers are taking this chance to show off the fruits of their push toward electric vehicles.

Muller said the company was likely to use two electric platforms, and is investing 20 billion euros (£18bn) into e-mobility, in one of the biggest procurement projects in the company's history. "'Business as usual' is no longer enough".

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