Volkswagen, a world’s biggest carmaker, will offer an electric chronicle of all a 300 models by 2030, apropos a latest manufacturer to pierce divided from petrol and diesel.
VW will double investment in zero-emission vehicles to 20bn euros (£18bn) as it seeks to put a diesel emissions liaison behind it.
The German organisation skeleton to offer 80 new electric cars opposite a organisation by 2025.
It comes as Mercedes-Benz also betrothed electric versions of all a cars.
Mercedes arch Dieter Zetsche pronounced a whole operation would have electric or hybrid versions by 2022.
‘Got a message’
However, VW is a initial vital carmaker to announce a large pull into a mass-market with electric vehicles.
Speaking during a Frankfurt engine show, Volkswagen arch Matthias Mueller told a BBC a organisation had “got a message”.
“Customers wish purify vehicles. People wish to have purify air, and we wish to make a grant here,” he said.
The German firm, whose brands embody Seat and Skoda, also pronounced it would place orders value some-more than 50bn euros for batteries to energy a cars.
The engine uncover comes during a formidable time for a industry, with VW and other German carmakers confronting complicated critique from a country’s chancellor, Angela Merkel, over a diesel emissions scandal.
In a run-up to this month’s election, Mrs Merkel pronounced a automobile attention indispensable to recover a public’s trust.
VW is assured a petrol and diesel engines are now clean, Mr Mueller told a BBC.
But he combined that it could not dump explosion engines wholly nonetheless since a infrastructure for electric vehicles was not in place.
“There will be a coexistence between inner explosion engines and electric expostulate systems for a certain duration – we can’t tell we how prolonged that will be,” he said.
Harald Krueger, arch executive of BMW, concluded there would be a transition duration where explosion engines were still needed.
But he told a BBC that electric cars were “not only hype, this is a long-term trend”.
On Tuesday BMW will betray a initial electric Mini, that will be fabricated in Oxford and go on sale in 2019.
The moves from BMW, VW, Mercedes and other carmakers come as a flourishing series of countries are announcing skeleton to anathema new diesel and petrol cars.
China, a world’s biggest automobile market, became a latest to vigilance such a change over a weekend, nonetheless it did not set a date.
Both a UK and France have already announced plans to anathema new diesel and petrol vehicles by 2040, as partial of efforts to revoke wickedness and CO emissions.
Meanwhile, Shell pronounced it would implement a initial electric automobile charging indicate in a UK after this month.