This is not the first time that a car manufacturer initiates a plan to overthrow Tesla as a large (relatively speaking) provider of electric cars.
While VW awaits the green light from its supervisory board, we think the odds that they will launch a very affordable full-EV to compete and undercut Tesla’s Model 3 are very high. The latter is expected to arrive in Europe sometime next year. As such, a less expensive electric VW could potentially make consumers sit a wait a little longer before purchasing a Model 3.
VW’s I.D. range is at the heart of all of this. One of the reasons why we think a $21,000 EV is a near sure bet is that the German giant intends to put 50 new electric models on the road in the near future through its entire network of brands including Seat, Skoda and, of course, Volkswagen. This little electric car would look great in European showrooms somewhere between a Polo and a Golf.
For North America, it would also sit alongside the Golf. There are no dates for our market as of yet however rumour has it that it, or other EVs sold by VW, might be assembled at the Chattanooga plant in Tennessee.
The expected first fully electric car to be massed produced by VW will be the I.D. Neo, a 5-door hatchback, by early 2020. This car will be followed closely by the Aero sedan and station wagon (!!) with many more to follow.