Volkswagen creates new division to progress firm’s electric future

WITH electric vehicle popularity growing every day, carmaker Volkswagen has created a new division dedicated to progressing its EV production.

Volkswagen I.D. Buzz REUTERS

The Volkswagen I.D. Buzz an all-electric concept car

The new ‘Board of Management’ team will strengthen the area of e-mobility, VW says, when it comes into effect on February 1.

Taking the helm will be the brand’s former head of production and logistics Thomas Ulbrich.

He is tasked with overseeing VW’s transition to electric power and ensuring that concept models conversion to production runs smoothly.

As reported, the automotive firm launched a new business strategy in November 2016. Called Transform 2025+ it is also VW’s attempt to clean up its image after dieselgate

Thomas Ulbrich PH

Taking the helm will be the brand’s former head of production and logistics Thomas Ulbrich

When it launched, VW brand management chief executive Herbert Diess said: "From 2020, we will be launching our major e-mobility offensive. As a volume manufacturer, we intend to play a key role in the breakthrough of the electric car.”

Now the new team will be tasked with taking the strategy forward, which includes the release of the electric ID hatchback and ID Crozz SUV.

Both vehicles will be rolled out on the MEB platform, which VW specially developed to lessen the impact of interior space taken up by the batteries by putting them under the floor of the car. This, unlike some other carmakers, allows VW to keep cabin and boot space unaffected.

The firm has filled Ulbrich’s former production role with the appointment of Andreas Tostmann, who moves from sister company Seat, where he was executive vice-president of production.

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