Volkswagen Developing Long Range, Fast Charging EV For 2026
The automaker announced Project Trinity along with more details on its electrification plan.
1. VW has announced that it will build a 'high range', 'short charging time' vehicle for 2026.
2. The sedan will have Level 2+ autonomous driving capability, and will "set new standards" for range and charging time.
3. Volkswagen also revealed its Accelerate plan, in which it intends to have 50% of U.S and 70% of European sales be all electric vehicles.
Volkswagen is among the top automakers accelerating its electrification plan, and has now unveiled Project Trinity, a new vehicle, and Accelerate, a plan to get VW ready for the future. A new sedan, dubbed Trinity, is slated for 2026, and will "set new standards" for battery range, charging time, and other technologies. Its Accelerate plan draws 50% of U.S and 70% of European sales to EVs, with additional goals also being presented.
The sketches provided by Volkswagen portray a sleek, Audi A7-like design, but other than that, not much has been released. What we do know is that the sedan will have a "Level 2+" autonomous system and will "be technically ready for Level 4." Upgrading to the latter will likely be done via over-the-air updates, similar to most EVs today.
Project Trinity will also have a unique production process, and limited configurations and standardized hardware should make buying easier. A German newspaper, Welt, reported a starting price of around $42,000, roughly $5000 above the 2021 Tesla Model 3.
The auto manufacturer also presented its Accelerate plan, which details a goal to have 50% of U.S and China sales and 70% of European ones be fully electric vehicles by 2030. Volkswagen says it will reach this goal by releasing at least one new EV each year. VW also outlined a plan to have "autonomous driving [be] widely available" by the end of the decade.
VW has invested $19 billion into electrification (and other tech) through 2025, while General Motors and Ford have put in $27 billion and $29 billion, respectively.