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April 15, 2019

VW sets China BEV target, plans charger JV, combines R&D

After launching 14 NEV models there this year, Volkswagen Group said China would produce more than half of its target of 22m BEVs by 2028 and it plans to launch a charging infrastructure.

By Olly Wehring

After launching 14 NEV models there this year, Volkswagen Group said China would produce more than half of its target of 22m BEVs by 2028 and it plans to launch a charging infrastructure.

The Volkswagen and Audi brands plus group R&D will combine within a new One R&D structure.

The group plans to produce 11.6m BEVs in China by 2028 across all three Chinese vehicle production joint ventures with FAW, SAIC and JAC.

Construction for MEB platform vehicles is under way at SAIC in Anting and FAW in Foshan, Volkswagen giving capacity for an extra 600,000 units from 2020.

The venture is jointly working on its own e-car platform with Seat for smaller NEVs.

VW has 33 production plants in China and claims to have reduced their CO2 by 13% in 2018.

The partnership with Star Charge, FAW and JAC will offer private charging wall boxes from the end of this year and a network for public charging. Connectivity through group Mobility Asia services will allow drivers to find charging stations.

New technology for the future, new models for today

Under its new ONE R&D structure, Volkswagen Group China has strong internal research power with Volkswagen brand, Audi and Group R&D working together. It is another example of the collaboration across the Group to achieve synergy. In addition, this is a significant move to further strengthen its national R&D capabilities and capacities to develop in China for China.

New models – not just NEVs – for China launch in 2019 include eight more SUVs, five locally produced.

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