Volkswagen is of the opinion that plug-in hybrid technology, which combines a combustion engine with an electric motor, will not go on sale forever. The German carmaker says the technology will eventually be phased out in favour of full electric vehicles instead.

“Plug-in hybrids will be a continued way forward but in the long run, as PHEVs are a call for two engine types carried with you, it’s not a logical end place to go for,” Volkswagen AG board member Jurgen Stackmann told CarAdvice.

“What we see moving forward is a full electric range of 460 kilometres basically gives you everything at once, and it will be a non-question mark mobility answer,” he added.

Volkswagen aims to become a top electric vehicle brand, with a major electrification initiative that will see more than 30 new e-vehicles introduced by 2025. The company also projects an annual unit sales of two to three million vehicles as well.

The Volkswagen I.D. concept car from the recent Paris Motor Show served as a preview of the brand’s all-electric model, which will arrive by 2020. The future model is claimed to deliver a range of around 600 km with a 170 PS electric motor, and will be priced comparably to a Golf with equivalent power.

Stackmann also said there is a need to ensure proper infrastructure is in place for those travelling long distances between towns or cities. “I don’t think infrastructure in metropolitan zones, like Melbourne or Sydney, will be a problem, I think the problem is connectivity along the long lines,” he said.

“It sounds very limited, but you don’t need a fast charger every 15-20km, what you do need is setups in major centres at every 150km distances. Fast charging becomes a key requirement — anything between 20-30 minutes — going forward,” he explained.

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