Audi, Bentley, Porsche, Seat, Skoda and Volkswagen are planning 50 new electric cars – here are the new models we know are coming soon
There will be an electrified version of every model line Audi, Bentley, Porsche, Seat, Skoda and Volkswagen makes on sale by 2030.
As part of its so-called Roadmap E plan, the Volkswagen Group also plans to launch 80 new electrified models by 2025. Of those 80 models, 30 will be plug-in hybrids, and 50 will be all-electric. The company has also pledged to make its cars affordable, saying that “electric cars are no longer the toys for the few.”
Audi and Volkswagen already have electrified cars on sale, but this latest new model blitz will see each of its core brands bring at least one fully electric model to market. Among the new products are SUVs, saloons, hatchbacks and MPVs.
This announcement couldn’t come soon enough, either, as the Volkswagen Group is still dealing with the fallout from 2015’s Dieselgate emissions scandal. In one of the biggest procurements in the company’s history, the group is investing around £18 billion into what it terms as e-mobility – which means electric car development and the industrial infrastructure to build them.
The timeline Volkswagen has presented puts the company significantly behind Volvo, which has said you won’t be able to buy a non-electrified new car by 2023, and Jaguar Land Rover, which has targeted 2020 as the start date for every new model line being electrified.
So which all-electric cars are coming from the Volkswagen Group? Over the next few pages, we’ve gathered together every car we know is in development from each of the group’s core brands.
the first all-electric Audi SUV will go on sale next year, offering a range of at least 310 miles. Inspired heavily by the E-Tron quattro concept car of 2016, the car was initially expected to be called Q6, although Audi says it’s now saving that moniker for another SUV.
Audi E-Tron Sportback
Scheduled to go on sale in 2019, one year after the regular E-Tron, this style-led variant was previewed by the Elaine concept car at this year’s Frankfurt motor show. Set to take on other coupé-SUVs including the BMW X6 and Mercedes GLE Coupé, the E-Tron Sportback is designed to attract buyers who like the look of the A7, but who want a more commanding view of the road.
Audi electric supercar
Back in 2009, Audi first floated the idea of an all-electric version of its R8 sports car, but the project stalled several times and was cancelled entirely in 2015. Now, rumours are surfacing that Audi could make a high-performance electric car, but this time with a design and approach that’s separate from the current R8. Don’t expect to see any fruits of the project this side of 2020, though.
Bentley electric sports car
The first all-electric Bentley will be a sports car, and while the company has already previewed such a model with the EXP12 Speed 6e concept car, the production model is expected to take a different approach. It’s due to arrive in 2019, and will offer a range of around 300 miles from its four-wheel drive electric powertrain. It’s expected to be a slightly shorter than the Continental GT in size, and built more for short sprints than cross-continental touring.
Seat electric hatchback
Seat’s first electric car is likely to be around the same size as the Leon. The IBE concept car from 2010 hinted at what future electric Seats might look like, and in production form could borrow the Volkswagen e-Golf’s 134bhp electric motor. It’s due on sale in 2020.
Seat electric SUV
Although still in the very early stages of development, it’s known that Seat also wants to have an electric SUV in its future product range. That car could be based on the upcoming Arona small SUV.
Seat’s third electric model is likely to be based on the e-Mii concept of 2016, which was powered by an 81bhp electric motor offering 99 miles of range borrowed from the Volkswagen E-Up city car.
Skoda Vision E
Skoda’s first electric car is based on the Vision E concept car. It’s a high-riding five-seat coupé-SUV which is due on sale in 2019, offering 300bhp from its dual electric motors and four-wheel drive.
With Volkswagen having already made an e-Up electric city car, and sister brand Seat planning to make a similar version of the Mii, it seems that this isn’t a case of if an all-electric Citigo will arrive, but when. Expect a range of around 99 miles, and a price tag that’s lower than its VW and Seat stablemates.
Porsche has already built an electric Boxster prototype to test out the latest battery technology. Engineers have said the car performed well in tests, but delivered lap times which were slower than expected because of its increased weight. If an electric Boxster is made, expect it to launch before any electric 911.
While an all-electric 911 sports car is a real possibility, the challenge is how to package an electric motor and battery within the confines of the 911’s shapely bodywork. One solution proposed by engineers is to mount the car’s battery where the 911’s rear seats are, turning the car into a two-seater.
Porsche Mission E
Due on sale by 2020, Porsche’s flagship electric sports car promises a range of around 311 miles and a charging time of just 15 minutes. The four-seater will face direct competition from Tesla’s Model S, and will be capable of receiving over-the-air continuous updates just like its main rival. A whole range of Mission E models is planned, including a potential range-topping version with 590bhp which will be capable of completing the 0-62mph sprint in less than 3.5sec.
Porsche 918 Spyder
Very few of us will ever get to drive Porsche’s halo sports car, but having been on sale since 2013 a second-generation version should come to marktet within the VW Group’s timeframe for new electric cars. Porsche could use its electric Boxster and 911 models, as well as the Mission E, to test the public’s appetite for a range-topping electric model.
VW has an entire family of ID electric cars planned, but the first one you’ll be able to buy is this electric hatchback. It’s due to go on sale in 2020, will cost you around £22,000 and has a range of around 250 miles. Its single electric motor produces 167bhp. Perhaps more importantly, though, VW plans to introduce a follow-up version of the car in 2025 that is capable of driving itself.
Volkswagen ID Crozz
The second all-electric car from Volkswagen’s ID family is the Crozz, a stylish SUV which was first shown in concept car form last year. Inside, the Crozz is said to have interior space on par with the Tiguan Allspace, as well as a large boot. It’s powered by two electric motors – one on each axle – which together produce 302bhp.
Volkswagen ID Buzz
Yes, the ID Buzz is essentially an electric version of the classic VW Campervan. It’s due on sale in 2022, and offers four-wheel drive thanks to its two electric motors which combined produce 369bhp. Its top speed is limited to 99mph, and it has a range of around 270 miles. Its batteries are built into the floor, maximising interior space for people and luggage – in fact, the ID Buzz has seating for up to eight people inside its configurable interior. A commercial version, likely called the ID Buzz Cargo, is also planned.
Volkswagen ID saloon
The final ID family member is understood to be a large, luxurious saloon, and is likely to be seen for the first time at next year’s Geneva motor show.
If you don’t want to wait until 2030 to buy an electric car, then there are already plenty to choose from. Below are our top ten electric cars to buy right now, as well as the ones to avoid.