16 Oct '15, 12pm

Can VW Catch Up With Electric-Car Technology?

Can VW Catch Up With Electric-Car Technology?

Volkswagen will catch up with electric-drive technology for one reason: if it doesn’t, it'll have nothing. VW’s "clean diesel" is dead because the company’s credibility is shot and the technological out is unappealing. The only way diesels can be cleaned up is by using urea tanks to neutralize their nitrous oxide emissions, and this is too cumbersome and expensive for small cars. Meanwhile, gasoline engines are maxing out on cleanliness as emissions standards rise—and, increasingly, are enforced . That leaves electric drive, either in its pure or hybrid form. Other companies have shown that electric vehicles are practical—with government subsidies--but VW comes late to the party. Hybrid and longer-range plug-in hybrid vehicles will therefore be the short-term solution, as VW implied two days ago , in a statement: “The focus is on plug-in hybrids with an even greater range,...

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