VW focuses On Its EV Program With Monday's Livestream Power Day Event

By Cee Lippens March 13, 2021 464
VW CEO Dr. Herbert Diess presents the I.D. lineup based on the MEB platform at the Geneva Motor Show. VW CEO Dr. Herbert Diess presents the I.D. lineup based on the MEB platform at the Geneva Motor Show.

Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess took some pointers from Elon Musk this week by tweeting that the automaker will livestream a morning event on Monday, March 15. Musk takes to Twitter regularly to promote Tesla’s Battery Day events. 

VW's event, called Power Day, will more than likely deal with VW’s new battery technology. The company is counting on its new tech, the MEB electric platform, to launch a bold plan that reinvents VW as an EV leader. The German automaker announced its commitment to having 50% of its U.S sales be EVs by 2030 along with 70% of its European sales. 

Tesla CEO Musk and VW CEO Diess maintain a friendly riverly

VW also recently gave some teasers on the release of its latest EV sedan, the Trinity, coming to the U.S in 2026. What we do know about the new Trinity is that it comes with the promise of setting new standards for charging times and battery range. Starting price? Around $42,000, making it slightly more expensive than Tesla’s model 3, but a good potential competitor with Tesla for EVs in that price range. Tesla still holds the title for longest EV charge range, with the Tesla S lasting just over 402 miles. One of the questions for the Trinity is will it come close to the 400 range? If so, it will give the Tesla S, with a whopping starting price of $69,000, a run for its money.

VW appears to be positioning itself to take on Tesla, the world's most popular EV automaker.
 
The automaker recently launched VW's first electric MEB-based vehicle in the U.S, the 2021 ID.4 compact SUV. The ID.4 has a range of about 250 miles, not even close to Tesla S’s 400 range, but the ID.4 compares favorably with the Tesla 3's 250-300 mile battery range. The ID.4 starts at around $39,995, with the Tesla 3 at about $36,990. 

 

The Power Day event can be watched live on Volkswagen's home site and on its Twitter feed on March 15th. 

 

Check out MotoSpot's March 8th video below on VW's Project Trinity | MotoSpot | 

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