Will Bugatti, Lamborghini, Audi, and Porsche follow suit?
Much like living beings, cars undergo the process of evolution and tend to get better as time goes by. Volkswagen is a prime example of this because of how it has learned from its mistakes and decided to evolve forward in order to avoid extinction. VW executive Herbert Diess has outlined Volkswagen's plans to move ahead by saying that the brand wants to reposition itself for the future. It will start by scrapping plans for diesel-powered passenger vehicles and focusing its R&D efforts on electric powertrains.
In a recent announcement, the company claims that it will design an electric car architecture that will be applicable to every passenger vehicle in its lineup. The tech will debut on its not-well-known flagship sedan, the Phaeton, and provide 150-310 miles of travel. This is a smart move for Volkswagen because there is only so much that technology can do in order to make petrol engines efficient and fun to drive. Elon Musk has said that we have already reached the limits of what gasoline engines can do. If Tesla has shown us anything, a future filled with electric cars can still be insanely fun. For an automaker as large as VW to shift its focus to new technology means that things are about to get very interesting.