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Forget diesel-gate, VW is going green

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>> If you can't shake the spotlight, you might as well embrace it. A year on from its emissions scandal, Volkswagen has unveiled its vision for the future. Cleaner, greener and not a drop of diesel in sight.>> The electric, we believe, is gonna be the center pole of change in the future and that will allow us to really change not only our technology, but the concept of life with our customers.
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For the first time, Volkswagen will be connected to our customers.>> The ID will also be VW's first self driving car, which it says will be available in 2025>> It may be just a concept, but the push into electric is very real indeed, with Opal, Reno, and Daimler all unveiling new models at this year's Paris Auto Show.
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Battery life has been the main problem for electric cars until now. You just couldn't really go that far before having to charge them up again. But Models like the Opel Ampera-e show that could be changing. The company claims you can go up to 500 kilometers on a single charge, more than the distance between London and Paris.
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The technology is also now a lot cheaper. In some cases, half the price of one of the early pioneers, Tesla's Model S. But they too, have their foot on the accelerator.>> We have ranges which can go beyond 600 kilometers, such as the Model P100D. And on top of this, we have a super fast charging network, which allows for long distance travel, in a fully electronic vehicle.
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So in fact, we offer more than just cars, it's all an ecosystem which we have offered.>> Electric cars accounted for just 0.4% of new registrations last year. By 2025, they're predicted to claim 15%. But will they ever take over? Perhaps not.>> There'll always be a space for a combustion engine.
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Whether or not it's grand spanking new cars or whether or not they're older ones, classics. Some of the cars we're around now, may be seen as classic cars within our lifetime, which I find really weird. But they can coexist.>> On the road, maybe, but here, there's only room for one.