German automaker Volkswagen will unveil its first-ever electric car at the 2016 Paris Motor Show as it aims to rise from the ashes of the Diesel Gate scandal.
VW chairman Herbert Diess revealed the news about the company's first all-electric car in an interview with German magazine WirtschaftWoche.
Diess stated that VW engineers were challenged to create an electric car that can be as iconic as the Golf but would cost less than a conventionally internal combustion engine car.
The car will offer 500 kilometers of range on a single charge of the battery pack. which can be fully recharged in just 15 minutes. This claimed charging speed could send shockwaves across the electric car industry as current big dogs Tesla only offer fast charging speed of 80 percent charge in 45 minutes (405 kilometres of range on the new Tesla Model S P100D).
Diess would not comment on when the protoype was expected to make production. Diess said, "Nobody can say when it will be a reality, but we are working on it."
However, the electric car is expected to be launched in late 2018 or early 2019.