Tuesday July 19, 2016

Volkswagen Aims For More Electric Cars By 2020 Amid Ongoing Emissions Scandal

Is redemption in Volkswagen’s future? The automaker has just confirmed plans to build electric vehicles in North America by 2020 in an attempt to change its soiled reputation. Today also sees the company receiving lawsuits from three states concerning diesel cheating.

Before its emissions scandal even made international headlines last September, VW announced a plan to roll out with 20 electric cars and plug-in hybrids by 2020. They boldly predicted that their new cars will be smartphones on wheels. Tuesday’s confirmation for EVs was relegated to North America, but it didn’t reveal much more. When we asked Volkswagen about the plan in greater detail, our email wasn’t immediately returned. Last month, VW struck a $14.7 billion settlement to remedy its emissions scandal. The company already has its e-Golf hatchback on the road, but ramping up its electric fleet by 2020 would seemingly make strides towards becoming a cleaner brand.