VW pushes global electrification offensive
Seat, the Volkswagen Group China and JAC intend to jointly develop a series of Seat EVs to launch in China in 2021. Meanwhile, VW’s man in North America, Scott Keogh announced they would introduce their first MEB based model in the USA in 2020.
Looking at the developments in China, we now know that Seat plans to bring a series of electric vehicles to market together with VW and JAC in 2021. For this purpose, the Spanish VW subsidiary had connected with the joint venture JAC-Volkswagen back in the middle of this year and now formalised the agreement with a signed statement of intent.
The agreement now specifies that the partners will be using their technological resources and product strengths in order to develop a platform for electric vehicles, which will be produced by JAC-Volkswagen. The joint venture will specifically work on the electrification of Seat vehicles for the Chinese market. Before the end of the year, plan is to begin construction of a corresponding R&D centre.
This marks Seat’s second attempt to enter the Chinese market. This time the try is looking decidedly different however, as JAC will be helping the European, and now electric, brand gain footing.
Volkswagen also has news from the other side of the globe: In the USA, the first electric vehicle based on the MEB platform will be introduced in 2020, costing between 30,000 and 40,000 dollars. The name of the model was not revealed by North America manager Scott Keogh, but we expect he is referring to the serial version of the VW I.D. Crozz. The model will at first be imported, but is planned for local production at a later date. According to Keogh, the search for a suitable manufacturing site for the Volkswagen electric vehicle has already begun in the USA.