Yesterday, Volkswagen said its future electric vehicles will be outfitted with flat battery packs.
In an interview with the company’s internal staff newspaper, Insight, VW brand chief Herbert Diess said that the company expects an uptick in demand for EVs, along with declining development costs and increases in travel range.
“We are developing a special vehicle architecture that foresees the installation of flat batteries,” Diess said in a joint interview with VW’s top labor union representative Bernd Osterloh. “This will be a breakthrough for us.”
Still dealing with fallout stemming from its diesel emissions scandal, VW has made recent statements reaffirming the brand’s commitment to electrification.
On Saturday, the automaker teased a photo of its brand new all-electric concept car, scheduled to debut at the Consumer Electronics Show next month in Las Vegas.
Diess also confirmed that VW would be creating a new business segment, dubbed “New Volkswagen,” which would combine the development of connected vehicle features with related mobility services.
“The automobile world is changing dramatically and new players have unbelievable resources,” Diess said. “Now it’s important to revamp and let things go to invest in other things like software development and battery production.”