Speaking at the Frankfurt motor show, Matthias Mueller was quoted by the BBC as saying: "Customers want clean vehicles". It's a bid for stability in an industry roiled by change.
Prior to the scandal, German automakers were hesitant about electric cars because of the high costs and limited range. No other reproduction or distribution is permitted without prior written consent. In August, Chancellor Angela Merkel stated that the country would eventually ban the sale of new diesel German vehicles, although no timeline was set. A 150 kilowatt-hour battery pack powers the concept.
But this is just the start, as VW says it is researching solid state battery technology with the potential to reach 1,000 miles per charge, an unprecedented figure in the electric vehicle industry, but one VW says could be possible by 2030. The Stuttgart-based automaker also had the GLC F-Cell, a "pre-production" model of a battery-fuel cell hybrid SUV that can run on hydrogen and emits only water vapor. The company is also looking into longer life vehicle batteries that could in the future offer a driving range of over 370 miles in one charge. However, it seems that governments, not automakers, will be in control of the schedule. All new gasoline engines will be equipped with a particulate filter across the board. Mueller on Monday said that diesel remains a key part of the company's strategy.
IHS estimates diesel's market share will fall from 49.7 percent in Europe to 46.9 percent this year, and to 32.8 percent by 2025.
In an attempt to give Volkswagen a new identity the company has accelerated the development of new generation electric vehicles.
BMW's concept for the electric Mini, meanwhile, is unveiled at the show today.
Even Porsche, part of Volkswagen, didn't wait for the show but showed off its new Cayenne SUV on August 29 with an elaborate streamed event from its base in Stuttgart, Germany. No-shows include Fiat Chrysler's namesake Fiat and its Jeep and Alfa Romeo brands, Peugeot and its DS luxury division, plus Nissan, Infiniti and Volvo. The vehicle on show in Frankfurt is to the brand's R-line trim, in addition tot he announced T-roc, Sport and Style grades. Chinese brands WEY and Chery will exhibit for the first time.