New Volkswagen Platform and Technology Announcement
Volkswagen is making waves throughout the automotive world again with whisperings of a new cutting-edge undertaking on the way, simply termed, “Project Trinity.” This name doesn’t give much indication as to what the project actually entails, but it sure sounds exciting. What exactly is “Project Trinity?”
Project Trinity consists of three main elements: a new electric sedan platform, new production processes, and self-driving technology that integrates artificial intelligence. Volkswagen has made some lofty promises for each of these three aspects of the project, and it’s gotten us pretty darn excited. However, we still have a while to wait, as Project Trinity isn’t scheduled to come into fruition until 2026.
For now, we’ve got plenty to keep us occupied with vehicles like the Volkswagen ID.4.
What kind of vehicle will Project Trinity be?
Volkswagen says that vehicles produced utilizing the new Project Trinity sedan platform will boast a high range and extremely short charging times. The automaker pledges to bring a new standard to each of these categories.
Many in the industry have interpreted these plans to be an assault on Tesla. While some initially thought the model might be a high-end machine that competes with the Tesla Model S, a Volkswagen official revealed that the starting price will likely be around $42,380, putting it instead in line to take on the Tesla Model 3.
Will the Project Trinity vehicle be a self-driving car?
The third element included in Project Trinity is the ability of the vehicles to drive autonomously up to “Level 4.” On release, it’s said that the vehicle will support Level 2+ autonomous driving. The hardware and software will, however, be ready for Level 4.
What new production processes will Volkswagen be implememnting?
In addition the exciting news of the new electric vehicle itself is the news about how that vehicle, and other future VW machines, will be produced. Though Volkswagen has also not given any real specifics in this category, the automaker has stated that the Project Trinity sedan will be produced using highly automated production methods that are being developed with a view to improve efficiencies and reduce costs across VW plants.
Some have also theorized that the promise of “revolutionary production” is referring to better battery manufacturing and recycling technology, the latter of which Volkswagen recently went into some detail regarding its plans on.
There are still problems to be solved with electric vehicles, including how they perform in cold weather.