In a bit of news that seems to sound like an April Fools joke, Volkswagen seems to be intent on renaming itself to Voltswagen, at least in the United States.
This is thanks to a press release that was inadvertently posted on VW’s media site, though this has since been deleted. However, CNBC was able to capture the story before the press release, which is slated to be released on April 29, 2021, has been deleted.
CNBC also says that the entire “Voltswagen” name will be placed on the exterior of VW’s new line of electric vehicles (EVs) such as the ID.4 and ID.3 while the combustion engine vehicles will continue to feature the redesigned “VW” logo.
Voltswagen will be limited to the United States and will be a subsidiary of Volkswagen of America. Vehicles sold by the German automaker in Europe and the rest of the world will still called as Volkswagen.
“The new name and branding symbolize the highly-charged forward momentum Voltswagen has put in motion, pursuing a goal of moving all people point-to-point with EVs,” the automaker said in the release, according to USA Today who also managed to view the now-deleted press release.
Ever since the Dieselgate scandal, Volkswagen has become aggressive at correcting its past by aggressively moving towards a future of EVs. The all-new ID.3 and ID.4 is just the first wave of dedicated EVs that the German automaker will be releasing in the next few years. Both of these vehicles ride on the company’s new MEB dedicated EV platform, which will also underpin its future wave of EVs.
In the next few years, Volkswagen will eventually stop developing internal combustion engines. By 2030, EVs will make up 70 percent of the company’s sales in Europe and 50 percent in China and United States.