Volkswagen, just like all other car manufacturers, is preparing for the electric future. ID.4 hatchback and ID.4 crossover are already being sold, but in the future there will be many more interesting models. Volkswagen is preparing a special car, currently hidden under the Project Trinity. When will we see it?
Recently Volkswagen announced a shift towards becoming a software-driven mobility provider, instead of an old-fashioned car manufacturer. This is actually an expected step, because electric cars don’t have that many differences that help gaining a competitive advantage. We used to talk about engines, gearboxes, material quality. In the age of an electric car engines and gearboxes are simply out of the question. In fact, most electric cars are compared by their range and charging times, instead of material quality and dynamics. How can you separate yourself from the crowd? Well, software is the answer.
Project Trinity is actually going to be several models for several brands from the Volkswagen Group family. For Volkswagen it is going to be an electrically powered sedan. Trinity is called this way, because Volkswagen is going to emphasize software, new supply architecture and intelligent production. Project Trinity will be an electric car with autonomous driving capabilities. In fact, Volkswagen says that this sedan will reach production in 2026 with the Level 2+ autonomous driving, but it will be technically ready for Level 4.
With the Project Trinity Volkswagen is moving towards becoming a technology company that focuses on software more than anything else. Ralf Brandstätter, CEO of the Volkswagen brand, said: “In the future, the individual configuration of the vehicle will no longer be determined by the hardware at the time of purchase. Instead, customers will be able to add functions on demand at any time via the digital ecosystem in the car”. This is why Project Trinity and other future models will be produced with considerably fewer variants – hardware will be the same, which will simplify the production and supply chains. The differences will be in the software capabilities.
Project Trinity marks the beginning of Volkswagen looking for the new identity. However, it is still an electric car. Volkswagen says that Trinity will have an exceptional range and will feature an extremely fast charging – how does “charging as fast as refueling” sound to you?