VW vows to be EV industry leader

The competition is only going to get tougher, it looks like.

At the Frankfurt auto show earlier this month, Volkswagen made it clear that they’re betting big on electric vehicles and gas-electric hybrids, according to Dave Shepardson's story in the Detroit News.

At the show, VW pledged to bring as many as 40 EVs and hybrids to market around the world, with a vow to be the industry’s electric-vehicle leader by 2018. The company aims to become the world’s largest automaker, including a goal of tripling U.S. sales over the next decade.

An electric version of the Golf will go on sale in early 2015 in the U.S.,  and 14 models from several VW Group brands will be offered worldwide as EVs--pure electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids--or as conventional hybrids by 2014.

Michigan has a head start, but we’re going to have to keep up the momentum to remain a leader in research, development, manufacturing and marketing.