Volkswagen’s much-hyped Challenge Trinity technological flagship championed by means of former Volkswagen Crew CEO Herbert Diess is reportedly a few of the tasks underneath a evaluation initiated by means of new CEO Oliver Blume, who changed Diess in September.
Blume, in conjunction with VW logo boss Thomas Schäfer, instructed workers about plans to “evaluation all tasks and investments and resolve whether or not they’re viable” in a memo, a replica of which used to be noticed final week by means of The Wall Side road Magazine (subscription required).
Bringing up other people aware of the subject, The Wall Side road Magazine additionally reported that the Challenge Trinity will be behind schedule and the automobile’s deliberate $2 billion plant to be built in Germany doubtlessly canceled.
It used to be in past due 2020 that VW Crew first hinted at plans for the so-called Challenge Trinity from its VW logo to be constructed the usage of extremely computerized manufacturing strategies, which might be being advanced with a purpose to enhance efficiencies and cut back prices around the automaker’s vegetation.
Volkswagen Plant, Wolfsburg, Germany (picture by means of Richard Bartz)
The auto itself, which VW stated can be introduced in 2026, is anticipated to be a Tesla Type 3 rival in response to a extremely standardized platform referred to as the SSP (Scalable Methods Platform). The platform will standardize no longer best car buildings but additionally battery cells and instrument, and may just ultimately finally end up underpinning lots of the cars around the VW Crew logo portfolio.
Instrument, together with self-driving generation, can be a defining function of the Challenge Trinity, and long term cars from VW Crew. On the other hand, VW Crew’s new Cariad instrument building staff has struggled to ship, The Wall Side road Magazine stated.
Best in October, VW Crew additionally stated it deliberate to announce a brand new spouse in self-driving generation when Argo AI, the self-driving generation startup owned by means of VW Crew in conjunction with Ford, close down. Whilst Cariad is tasked with creating self-driving generation for personal use, VW deliberate to faucet Argo AI for generation for business use, particularly for a robotaxi carrier due for release in Germany in 2025.
In spite of the possible lengthen within the Challenge Trinity, VW Crew is pushing forward with more than one different EV methods. VW’s ID.Buzz minivan arrives within the U.S. subsequent yr, and will likely be adopted in a while by means of an ID-badged sedan to interchange the Passat. VW Crew has additionally introduced the U.S.-based Scout Motors, which is operating on a rugged electrical SUV and similar pickup truck which can be on course for release in 2026.