Volkswagen is reportedly planning to take on Tesla with a sub-$23,000 electric car

Polycount

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Tesla hasn't been immune to competition over the years, but few of those competitors have created true alternatives to the company's vehicles. Some have come close -- like Chevy's "Bolt" SUV -- but Tesla's emphasis on car build quality, user-focused software updates, and its self-driving ambitions have set it apart from the herd.

An unlikely competitor may be set to emerge soon, however. According to a report from Reuters, Volkswagen is throwing its hat into the ring with something internally referred to as the "MEB entry." This mystery vehicle, according to sources, is an electric car set to be discussed at an upcoming company board meeting on November 16.

Currently, the plan is for Volkswagen to produce 200,000 of these vehicles. Another vehicle, known as the I.D. Aero, is also reportedly in the works, but it will be a mid-sized sedan instead of a standard car.

Reuters says some of these vehicles will cost under 20,000 euros ($22,836). It's not clear which vehicle (if not both) will fall into this price range, however. Volkswagen's upcoming meeting will also discuss a potential shift from making internal combustion engine vehicles (ICE) to mass-producing electric cars, one of Reuters' sources reportedly added.

We will have to wait and see how much of the outlet's information is correct, but an eventual shift towards mass-market electric vehicles seems inevitable. Tesla has already proven it can be done, and the market appears to be responding positively to the company's efforts so far.

As such, it seems like a bit of a no-brainer for car giants like Volkswagen to follow suit, even if they continue to ship new ICE vehicles alongside EVs in the future.

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Uncle Al

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And if they can produce one with a range of 600 miles on a single charge, they will put a real bite on Tesla ..... not to mention selling a ton of them!
 
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Nobina

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Nice, if you want EV to become the norm you have to make it affordable for the masses. If only they could ditch the "futuristic" look and just make a normal looking car like we have today.
 

MilwaukeeMike

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I really hope that's not what the VW car will look like.
Tesla will outsell other electric cars for the simple reason that they don't try to make them look all futuristic and techy. Not everyone who wants an electric wants to make a statement.
 

ChrisH1

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E20,000 for a car they're only just now discussing, and haven't even begun to plan producing?

There's an old joke which goes:
2 kg of lamb chops please
Certainly madam, that will be $30.
$15 a kilo? Jones is selling them for $10!
No problem mam, feel free to buy them from him.
Ah, he hasn't got any.
Well mam, when I don't got any, I sell them for $7 per kilo!
 

tipstir

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AWD with 500 mile range would be more ideal. SUV not a small car. I not interested with all SUV MUV LUV plus trucks are all around you now and small cars can't handle damage by something other than it's own size in accident.
 

Mister_K

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Nice, if you want EV to become the norm you have to make it affordable for the masses. If only they could ditch the "futuristic" look and just make a normal looking car like we have today.
Futuristic look is fine, but in small doses. They over-engineer the looks. Being able to slowly transform car designs by incorporating new design ideas slowly, starting with LEDs, wheels, shape and simply building up the design over time.

Iterate, Iterate, Iterate.
 
E20,000 for a car they're only just now discussing, and haven't even begun to plan producing?

There's an old joke which goes:
2 kg of lamb chops please
Certainly madam, that will be $30.
$15 a kilo? Jones is selling them for $10!
No problem mam, feel free to buy them from him.
Ah, he hasn't got any.
Well mam, when I don't got any, I sell them for $7 per kilo!
I agree, That is it in a nutshell. Elon Musk has been working on this car for 10 years and it is easy for someone to say this and that but until you can actually buy a better and cheaper car than a Tesla it is all 7$ per kilo lamb chops!
 

Ravey

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Here's the thing: When you shut the door, does it sound "Just like a Golf?" or a Tesla?
 
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iamcts

AWD with 500 mile range would be more ideal. SUV not a small car. I not interested with all SUV MUV LUV plus trucks are all around you now and small cars can't handle damage by something other than it's own size in accident.
Get a Tesla Model X.

It has/had the highest safety rating out of any SUV on the road as of 2017. Knowing Tesla, their truck they plan on releasing will be just as safe.