VW boosts its goal, vows to build 22 million EVs over next decade
13 March 2019 - Autoblog
The previous already-audacious goal was 15 million
German automaker Volkswagen AG said Tuesday it plans to ramp up its production of electric vehicles over the next 10 years to 22 million and reduce its carbon footprint over vehicle lifecycles by 30 percent.
Previously, the company had said it would aim for 15 million. That was ambitious in itself, given that it made fewer than 50,000 battery-only vehicles last year.
The company is pivoting to electric vehicles as it seeks to comply with new limits on carbon dioxide emissions in Europe, and a push by China for more low-emission vehicles.
The company also disclosed that operating profit at its core Volkswagen brand, one of its 12 brands, fell to 3.2 billion euros ($3.6 billion) from 3.3 billion euros last year as the company faced bottlenecks certifying vehicles under new emissions tests.
The company said operating results for the group in 2018 rose 0.4 percent to 17.1 billion euros on sales that rose 2.7 percent to 235.8 billion euros. Net profit for the year rose 6 percent to 12.2 billion euros.
CEO Herbert Diess said at the company's annual news conference that the company met its profit goal with an operating margin of 7.3 percent.