Volkswagen says we’re on the brink of new era in personal mobility.

Electric drivetrains and digitalisation are set to bring about fundamental change in the car industry.

It cites sales of battery-electric cars that have jumped 60 percent in the past year and says 2018 could be the first year that newly registered EVs reach the magic one million mark — a target VW hopes to hit with its global ID. family by 2025.

“As early as 2020 we intend to sell 150,000 e-cars, of which 100,000 will be the ID. and ID. SUV,” says Thomas Ulbrich, Member of the Volkswagen Brand Board of Management, E-Mobility division.

“Speeding up the shift to e-mobility will help us to meet the extremely ambitious CO2 targets that have been set in Europe, China and the USA.”

Globally, more than six million new VWs roll out of production plants and on to the road each year around the world.

The enormous scale helps bring down the cost of new technology and makes technical innovation affordable for the masses.

And, says Volkswagen, it will be no different for the electric vehicles in the new ID. family.

“The I.D. will prove to be a milestone in terms of technological development, “says Christian Senger, Head of the Volkswagen E-Mobility product line.

“It will be the first fully interconnected electric vehicle that is 100 percent suitable for day-to-day use, and millions of people will be able to afford it.”

With the I.D., the I.D. CROZZ, the I.D. BUZZ and the I.D. VIZZION, Volkswagen has already presented four concepts.

The development of the vehicle technology is virtually complete, as are the designs of the various models.

Contracts with the battery suppliers have been signed and VW is investing more than one billion euros to prepare its plant in Zwickau production.

The company has also committed itself to the development of a comprehensive charging infrastructure.

In short, Volkswagen says, its e-mobility offensive is taking shape on all fronts.

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Chris Riley has been a journalist for almost 40 years. He has spent half of his career as a writer, editor and production editor in newspapers, the rest of the time driving and writing about cars both in print and online. His love affair with cars began as a teenager with the purchase of an old VW Beetle, followed by another Beetle and a string of other cars on which he has wasted too much time and money. A self-confessed geek, he’s not afraid to ask the hard questions - at the risk of sounding silly.