It's going to be a whole new way of looking at EVs.
We've been aware of Volkswagen's Project Trinity for a little while now, with the first details emerging in January of this year. Essentially, it'll feature a new EV architecture that will underpin several new vehicles. Promising to set new benchmarks for charging speeds and driving range, this revolutionary new EV will make the ID.4 look bland and outdated. The new platform is expected to take the fight to Tesla in a much more vigorous manner, but unlike the current MEB architecture, Trinity will contribute to vehicles across the Volkswagen Group's subsidiaries. Cupra, Bentley, Ducati, and Man are all going to benefit.
Herbert Diess, Chairman of the Board of Management of the Volkswagen Group, posted the attached photos to LinkedIn, where he outlined how the group's designers are looking to outdo the competition that new startups like Xpeng, Lucid, and Nio are bringing to the EV world. He goes on to say that Project Trinity will "change VW design again, [with] even more focus on interiors where people work, play, eat, and live."
So as fascinating as the body of a new vehicle from this project will likely look, the cabins will be wondrous spaces where you can do more than ever before while being transported to your next destination.
The work that Volkswagen is putting into the project is expected to benefit Ducati by affording it the opportunity to build all-new motorcycles, while Bentley will use the innovations made to create a more luxurious ambiance in its cars. Meanwhile, Man could soon preview a semi truck with no cab. These could become the most aerodynamic semis in the world, and save countless millions on fuel every year. But the biggest hurdle to all of these ideas will be perfecting Level 4 autonomous driving. Without it, innovative features for Volkswagen and driverless trucks for Man are little more than a pipe dream.