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PHOTO CAPTION: Audi TT being given an electric (plug-in) hybrid drive, according to Martin Winterkorn.

VW's Winkerhorn Favors Electric Hybrid over Pure EVs

VW chief thinks next 10 years will see big leaps in battery technology improvements including lithium sulphur and lithium air batteries.

Published: 18-Jun-2011

In a recent interview with German auto publication Auto Motor und Sport, Volkswagen boss, Martin Winterkorn, said he doesn’t believe in electric vehicle technology for current market. Mr Winterkorn said he sees plug-ins as a more viable form, saying they make a lot of sense.

Mr Winterkorn also revealed an Audi TT plug-in hybrid project is currently underway within Volkswagen Group, which uses a single-cylinder combustion engine helping an almost completely electric powertrain. There was no mention of when or if this technology would make it to production though.

When asked about EV technology, Mr Winterkorn said that in the next 10 years we would see big leaps in battery improvements. He expects lithium-sulfur batteries to provide up to three or four times the dense capacity of the current lithium-ion units used today. He also predicts by 2025, lithium-air batteries will be in full swing.

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