Volkswagen ponders over electric rival Peugeot e-208 and Opel Corsa EV

Volkswagen ponders over electric rival Peugeot e-208 and Opel Corsa EV

March 28, 2019 0 By autotimesnews

Since 2016, Volkswagen has been developing the family of concept cars of the I.D. series, which currently has six cars: I.D., Crozz, Buzz, Vizzion, R and Buggy. It is planned that the hatchback I.D. will be put on the conveyor at the end of the current year, and dealers of the brand will start accepting orders for it already in May, but many are frightened by its price, which will be at least 31,000 euros. But the German concern hints that in addition to the I.D. hatchback, there will be an even more compact model in the range of electric models, and maybe even two.

In early March, we published the news that Volkswagen is going to create a new subbrand for budget electric cars, and its cheapest model is supposed to be a subcompact electric crossover the size of a T-Cross. However, now another British edition of Autoexpress, citing Herbert Diss, Chairman of the VW Group, claims that another entry-level electric car will be developed on the MEB modular electrical platform, which will be less than the current Golf (its length is 4255 mm). Thus, we are talking about the alleged competitor of the future electric hatchbacks of the PSA group – Peugeot e-208 and Opel Corsa EV, however, it will appear on the market no earlier than 2023.

According to Frank Welsh, a member of the board of concern for technical development, now this project is not easy to implement, since the cost of production of electric cars is still high. But the situation changes every two or three years, and after a few years, this project can really come to life, and production can be arranged not in Europe, but for example in China, and the batteries installed on it can be not lithium-ion, but lithium iron phosphate.

The problem is, according to Frank Welsh, that if you just shorten the Golf to the size of a Polo, then you can save a conditional 50 euros, and this will not make the new compact model attractive. Therefore, to reduce production costs, for example, you can install a smaller electric motor on the Polo.

Anyway, according to foreign colleagues, everything goes to the fact that Volkswagen still stares at the segment of compact electric cars, which cost less than 24,000 euros, and is looking for a way to impose competition on the European market to the PSA concern in the segment of electric cars A-class.