Electric cars are not enough: Volkswagen brings together NIO, XPeng and Lynk&Co in its European fleet

As has been known for some time, the European Community imposes strict limits on CO2 emissions car manufacturers, in proportion to the number and weight of the cars sold. To avoid heavy fines, brands are indeed forced to sell hybrid or electric cars in as much quantity as possible.

THE Volkswagen Group certainly among those who are most committed on this front, both with the cars of Identification familyboth with the different derivatives always based on the SEM platform Skoda, Audi and Cupra brands. And in fact the house has always said it is sure of being able to return within the imposed limits, especially since its car fleet is also shared with the Chinese SAIC, which operates in Europe with the relaunched brand. MG engine.

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XPeng P7 and NIO ES8

To sleep even more serenely, always in the same swimming pool (obviously via monetary or commercial agreements) the newcomer has also been added Manners, Next e.Go And LEV extension. However, the shortage of semiconductors and the production difficulties of the last period – which also resulted in a shutdown of the factories in Zwickau – sounded a new alarm bell.

Volkswagen has thus decided to welcome three other brands into its shared fleet, always with an eye to the east. We learn this from European documents, and from a report by Schmidt Automotive Researchwhat time NIO, XPeng and Lynk&Co are also part of the pool. The first two are for the moment relegated to Norway, which although not part of the EU participates in the count, while the Geely brand dedicated to sharing is also active in other countries, including Italy.

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Lynk & Co.

The figures for the three new realities are relatively low at the moment but should increase significantly in the medium term, creating longer coverage for Volkswagen, especially in the run-up to 2022. At the same time, the German company has launched a similar project. operation in the United Kingdom, which for the first time will impose its limits separately from those in Europe, by partnering with Ford.