Volkswagen Working on Flat Battery Technology for Future EVs

If the Dieselgate scandal has done any good, that would be the fact that every carmaker is developing new green technologies. Volkswagen would hate to be the exception, so the Germans are planning new batteries for future EVs.
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Volkswagen Group is working on developing and integrating a new type of battery configuration for its future electric vehicles, Automotive News reports. We’re speaking of “flat batteries,” which don’t look like the ones that power your car’s key fob, but are instead some huge battery stacks that go underneath the car’s floor. Thanks to this technical solution, currently employed in Tesla Model S cars, the space available in the passenger compartment isn’t compromised, and the car’s centre of gravity is improved.

Furthermore, such a technical solution would bring more space for the trunk and the interior of future Volkswagen electric vehicles. The German company could then benefit from the increased demand for green and eco-friendly vehicles it ironically developed through its emissions manipulation scandal.

In a Hollywood-like plot twist, the Wolfsburg-based manufacturer could once again achieve greatness by employing a solution to a problem that brought it into the public's attention. Let’s get real here, Volkswagen isn’t the only company to blame for climate change, and mass-market electric vehicles should happen as soon as possible on a global scale.

For now, nobody knows what kind of new electric vehicles Volkswagen could make. The situation is even stranger because the German company wants to reduce spending and investments to overcome their Dieselgate issues. The future electric Volkswagen Phaeton is postponed indefinently, but other models could pop up in the carmaker’s range.

Currently, Volkswagen offers two electric cars on some markets, the e-Up! and the eGolf. Both of them are 100% electric variants of standard cars and come with a design that closely follows the one of the standard ICE vehicle. In the future, the next eGolf could feature a new kind of battery, one that would bring a sufficiently high range to render a diesel Golf obsolete and uninteresting.
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About the author: Sebastian Toma
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Sebastian's love for cars began at a young age. Little did he know that a career would emerge from this passion (and that it would not, sadly, involve being a professional racecar driver). In over fourteen years, he got behind the wheel of several hundred vehicles and in the offices of the most important car publications in his homeland.
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