Volkswagen Trinity EV delayed – report

Volkswagen Group’s new chief executive officer, Oliver Blume, is disrupting the company’s electric vehicle plans as the company struggles with software delays.

The launch of the Trinity EV, which will reportedly serve as a rival to the Tesla Model 3 brand and the brand’s technology flagship, has been pushed back from 2026 to 2030, according to a report by Automotive News Europe.

Manager Magazin reports that it’s being delayed as new software won’t be ready on time as Volkswagen is delaying its new E3 2.0 software platform from 2026 to 2029.

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Known problems with Volkswagen’s software department Cariad were also blamed for the delays in the Audi Q6 e-tron and Porsche Macan EV.

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Plans for a dedicated factory for the Trinity in Wolfsburg, Germany could also be sunk.

In addition to Trinity’s delay, Mr. Blume reportedly sent an internal message to staff advising that “currently…taken is the opportunity to review and assess for viability all projects and investments.”

Blume, who replaced Herbert Diess as VW Group CEO on September 1, is reportedly backing down from some of his predecessor’s goals because they are “unrealistic,” according to an unnamed Volkswagen source.

Volkswagen announced in March it would begin construction of the Trinity plant in 2023, using it as a test bed for new development and manufacturing processes that would gradually be filtered elsewhere.

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At the start of production, Volkswagen aims to produce 10 hours per vehicle and will achieve this goal with fewer components, fewer variants to be produced, more automation, leaner production lines and new logistics concepts.

That’s a third of the time it takes Volkswagen to make an ID.3, and the same amount of time it takes Tesla to build a Model Y at its Grünheide plant in Germany.

The Trinity was set to showcase the group’s new SSP architecture, which Volkswagen says will support Level 4 autonomous driving technology. This architecture is now set to debut in another vehicle.

The EV, which will offer a range of over 700km, is reportedly still being launched but could be produced on a line at the main plant in Wolfsburg.

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The company’s autonomous vehicle plans took a turn last month when Volkswagen – along with Ford – announced further investments in self-driving startup Argo AI and a €1.9 billion ($2.93 billion) non-cash impairment charge AUD) to take depreciation of his investment.

It said it would be leaning on Cariad for the development of Level 3 autonomous driving technology, although a report indicated it would also expand its partnership with Intel’s Mobileye division.

While Trinity is reportedly being delayed, Volkswagen’s eponymous brand still plans to launch 10 new electric vehicles by 2026 and end European production of internal combustion engine vehicles by 2033.

Volkswagen isn’t the only major automaker struggling with the rollout of a wide range of electric vehicles.

Toyota is reportedly considering a drastic overhaul of its EV plans, which could result in several vehicle projects being delayed and potentially the early retirement of its key EV architecture. Volkswagen Trinity EV delayed – report

James Brien

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