Volkswagen is planning to sell a plug-in hybrid version of the Tiguan, but it won’t be coming to America.

With Volkswagen’s move from diesel to electric underway, the company has said it will add five battery electric vehicles and 48-volt hybrids, but it isn’t planning to sell any plug-in hybrid cars or SUVs in North America. The company still hasn’t decided if it will sell plug-hybrids at home in Germany, either.

Speaking directly about the Tiguan, which was shown as a hybrid in concept form, Volkswagen brand CEO Herbert Diess told Car and Driver about the hybrid plans.

“For America, plug-in hybrids don’t make a lot of sense for the upstream emissions, and they’re just not incentivized by the tax schemes,” he said.

But what about selling them in Europe?

“Not yet decided… We have time to decide. Plug-ins don’t make a lot of sense for us in America – decided. They might make sense for us in Europe – not decided. They make sense in China – decided” said Diess.

That means that the plug-in hybrid will be only for China. And maybe in Europe. But primarily for the Chinese market.

Volkswagen is hedging its electronic bets on a new MEB platform. It’s designed for battery-electric vehicles and is designed to span segments. The same as the MQB platform for internal combustion cars ranges from the tiny Polo to the big SUV Atlas.

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That platform will be the bones of the five planned battery-electric VW’s, plus more from the company’s other brands. Diess thinks that VW’s EVs will be profitable from launch.

“You always have in your product range more profitable cars and less profitable cars. We will already achieve with the first car the same profit range we achieve with the Polo. I think that’s okay. That’s not great, but it’s okay. That includes the sunk investment,” Diess said.

How will it manage the quick trip to profit when other automakers have struggled?

“We have big volumes now, and we are going toward one and a half and two million cars a year off that electric platform. That makes a lot of sense to have a specific electric architecture. The economies of scale are really getting thin up there, and you can really unleash the potential of the electric cars,” Diess said.

Volkswagen is also expecting solid state batteries by 2024 or 2025. Diess called them safer in crashes, and with a 15 percent or so higher energy density. The current MEB platform is already set for those new batteries, Diess said.

Diess still has some tricks up his sleeve with the upcoming electric VWs as well.

“The big revolution comes with the cars becoming updatable and upgradable. When we have the operational system in the car, you will receive an update to your system every year or so,” he said, adding that “we think differently [than] Tesla. We think we can do it together with our dealers and share the data to provide even better service.

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