VW teases electric car concept set for 2016 Paris auto show

Volkswagen is preparing to pull the covers off a new concept car at the 2016 Paris auto show previewing one of the first of its next-generation electric cars.

The automaker on Friday released teaser shots for the concept which appears to be in the form of a hatchback the size of a Golf.

VW already sells some electric cars, including the e-Golf here in the United States. Its next-generation electric cars will ride on a dedicated platform called the MEB, which was previewed in the Budd-e concept at January’s 2016 Consumer Electronics Show.

The platform features batteries located in the vehicle floor and an electric motor or two featured at one or both axles. VW says cars based on the MEB platform should offer anywhere between 155 and 310 miles of range and take just 15 minutes for an 80 percent recharge.

In the wake of its diesel emissions scandal, the Volkswagen Group is attempting to clean up its image by focusing on electric cars. The automaker has committed to launching 30 electric cars by 2025. At least five of these are expected from the VW brand, including a hatch based on the upcoming Paris auto show concept as well as a minivan based on the earlier Budd-e concept. Autocar reports the others will include a sedan, sports car and SUV.

The first is expected on the market in calendar year 2019.

There will be quite the number of electric cars on display at the Paris auto show. Smart will have electric versions of its current range while Mercedes-Benz will also present a concept previewing the first model from its next-generation electric fleet. Opel will have the Ampera-e, essentially a rebadged Chevrolet Bolt EV, and Japan’s GLM is expected to present an electric version of Savage Rivale’s Roadyacht GTS.

The doors open to the media on September 29. In the meantime learn about some of the other vehicles set to appear by visiting our dedicated hub.

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