While today battery electric vehicles available from the Volkswagen Group are a relatively small and unimpressive lot, within the next few years, that is due to significantly change.

The company that helped bring diesel popularity down with its emission cheating scandal publicized in 2015 is now working overtime with considerable resources being funneled toward mending that image.

Last year the VW Group’s 13 brands, not all of which are sold in the U.S., made it the number-one car company by sales with 10.41 million vehicles delivered. It outpaced Toyota in doing that, while Toyota relegated it to second place in terms of production volume. Among Fortune 500 companies, VW Group ranked seventh in 2016, and now its gaze has turned to plug-ins.

To date, the corporate giant with a history spanning to Nazi Germany has indicated at least a dozen if not a few more EVs pending for production in the next five years. Last year it committed to 30 new EVs by 2025, and this is just the count at this point.

Here’s a rundown of models projected by year – with launch dates penciled in, as things are in flux. The estimates come from green car analyst Alan Baum of Michigan


April – Audi e-tron quattro

Electric drivetrain with up to 370 kW

Earlier this year Audi began taking reservations for its e-tron quattro projected for “311” miles range from its 95 kWh battery.

To be sized between a Q5 and Q7, the vehicle is based on a concept with AWD (that’s what “quattro” indicates) delivering 435 horsepower. A “boost function” allows bursts of 503 horses and 590 pounds-feet of torque.

The luxury ute promises 0-62 mph in as quick as 4.6 seconds from its three-motor drive while coddling occupants in a stylized interior with all comforts accounted for.

June – Audi Q5 Midsize crossover

Less is known about the electric version of Audi’s midsized Q5, but expect quattro-style specs, in a slightly smaller package.

Reports have it that it will be produced in Mexico, and range ought to be in the lower-mid 200s or higher, with acceptably quick power and comfort in line with the conventionally powered siblings.


June – Audi e-tron Sportback

Revealed at the 2017 Shanghai auto show, the Sportback version of the e-tron quattro apparently will mirror that vehicle in specs, with 95-kWh battery also from LG Chem and Samsung.

Reports on range have varied, but this also may be as high as 310 miles, while others say it (and the e-tron quattro) could be more realistically in the middle 200s.

Power and AWD should make this vehicle live up to the “Sport” in its name. Styling is more sleek, and, well, sporty.

October – Porsche Mission E

The purpose-built four-seat electric car positioned as the nearest true competitor yet for a Tesla Model S is being reserved for the Porsche nameplate.

Test mules have been spotted by spy photographers, and this vehicle which could come in three or four versions looks like it has the goods. Horsepower in three trims could be 402, 536, and 670 with battery up to 115 kWh.

And if that is not enough, talk of a battery as big as 150-kWh from the Mission E platform with an outrageous 936-horsepower from two rear 375-horse motors and a front 180 due by 2022 is also underway. Range from such a unit could reportedly be as high as 500 miles on a tame drive cycle.

Unclear is whether this will go in a Porsche-badged model, or other more exotic variants. As detailed below, the vehicle may also be used as the basis for spinning off other models in the VW Group’s growing EV empire.


April – Audi B Segment (name to be announced)

Static photo,
Colour: Tango Red

A small B-segment mystery car by Audi is also potentially in the works.


April – VW ID Lounge

Another mystery car under wraps for now is a derivative for VW’s ID series of purpose-built EVs built with battery in floor.

Likely a large-class sport utility crossover, expect range above 200 from the ID Lounge, possibly into the 300s, which ought to be fully expected by 2021.

October – VW ID Crozz

Presented at Shanghai, the nifty purpose-built AWD, two-motor crossover (thus the odd name, Crozz) with battery in floor, is also shooting for “311” miles range, and top speed of 112 mpg (180 km/h).

Fast charging at up to 150 kW could replenish 80 percent battery capacity in half an hour.

As with others in this lineup, autonomous tech is expected, and a second Crozz Concept II shown in September indicates VW is serious about bringing this one to production.


VW ID Buzz

Viva la Microbus! The electric ode to VW’s heritage builds on the ID platform a bus style vehicle.

By 2022, your guess is as good as any what final production specs will be, but as will be the standard, at least 311 miles ought to be a safe guess.

Fast charging, avante garde interior with cues harkening to the company’s past in a vehicle dedicated to its future are also expected.


Without dates, and more speculative at this stage, Baum penciled in a potential C-Class ID C-class (potential) and the ID AeroE which could also come in a few years.


According to Automobile.com, VW Group will not rest content with a Porsche Mission E, codenamed J1, and it’s due to be made into equally and even more luxurious variants.

Aiming at the same target as the Porsche Mission E, according to “a source from within Volkswagen,” Audi is to have an e-tron GT version. No images of this and the others following have been released of what is yet in the gestational stages.

Bentley Continental GT Speed.

Jumping up a few pegs on the social registry is reported to be what could be called the Bentley Barnato, also sharing the J1 platform, and making acceptable power for the Rolls-Royce alternative with 12-cylinder engine deleted.

And if that’s not enough, don’t forget Bugatti. If it (and others here) only gets an initial 700 horsepower and big torque as the source suggested, it will be under-powered next to the 1,500-horse Chiron. But VW’s source said it could be a lower-priced EV 2+2 related close to a pending Lamborghini EV, and the second vehicle in the one-vehicle line could be called the Bugatti Atlantic.

And while Lamborghini showed an amazing-looking Terzo Millenio hypercar (above), its first EV could be a 2+2 coupe called regally enough, the Nuova E-Spada. This ties back to the 1968 Espada and while not a crazy two-seat hypercar, ought to be entertaining enough


Waiting is not usually enjoyed, and meanwhile the market is projected to develop with more vehicles this decade and next, and VW Group has said it will have more.

It’s said by 2025 it will have 30 new battery electric vehicles across its lines, so these hints – some being rumors at this stage – account for maybe half of what is to come, according to the world’s top-selling carmaker.