The company is expanding its manufacturing plant in Singapore to build the EV, making it the first car plant for the island state, which has free-trade agreements with China, the U.S. and the European Union.
In an interview with a German newspaper, Michael Jost, chief of strategy for Volkswagen, says the automaker decided to make the MEB platform available to rival car companies as part of a plan to make it an industry standard among EV architectures.
Aligned to achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement with its ambitious efforts to combat climate change and adapt to its effects, the Hydrogen Council was launched at the World Economic Forum 2017 in Davos, Switzerland.
The 745e xDrive forgoes the turbocharged 2.0L 4-cyl. gasoline engine used by the older 740e for a turbocharged 3.0L inline 6-cyl. powerplant, bringing with it an additional 28 hp and 37 lb.-ft. of torque at 282 hp and 332 lb.-ft.
The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Assn. says that because EVs have fewer components than internal-combustion-engine-driven models, making them requires 60% fewer staff in powertrain and parts manufacturing, as well as maintenance.
“The California zero-emissions vehicle registration fee doesn’t support the long-run funding of transportation infrastructure, nor is it equitable for drivers of electric and hydrogen vehicles,” report author Alan Jenn says.