German car manufacturer, Volkswagen seems to be very serious about working on the electric car market. Recently, VW made a major investment of US$ 20 million to build and develop about 600 of their electric car dealerships in the United States.
It is hoped that with the construction of these new dealerships, Volkswagen will become a regional brand center for the electric car experience there. The big investment is part of a program called VW’s Network Readiness Co-Op to increase production and sales of electric cars.
In doing so, Volkswagen will first build its dealer network across the US states. All existing dealerships and service centers will be upgraded to include high capacity charging facilities.
The Volkswagen program will continue its implementation until June 2022 and will result in charging facilities having a total power capacity of up to 23,490 kW spread across all VW dealerships. Not only that, Volkswagen will also train more than 1,260 service technicians as well as several specialists in the electric car field.
VVolkswagen W itself has a special program for its technicians. This program includes the provision of incentives and bonuses of US$ 2,000 per year for technicians who are deemed skilled and will be given special certificates. This is done by Volkswagen in order to increase the enthusiasm and ability of the technicians, both existing and newly recruited technicians.
CEO and President of Volkswagen Group of America, Scott Keogh, said that all the great things that Volkswagen has done cannot be separated from the high interest of the people there in the use of electric cars.
“It is consumers who will lead the electric vehicle revolution in America. Our dealer partners who bring people into the electric car (ecosystem) and provide unparalleled service and expertise, are fully dedicated to supporting the community on this journey,” said Keogh, quoted from Motor 1, Saturday (17/12).
The Volkswagen boss also expressed his belief that Volkswagen will play a big role in the development of the electric car market or business in the future.
“With nine out of ten Volkswagen ID.4 buyers being first-time electric car buyers, I firmly believe that the future of electric cars will be driven by Volkswagen,” he said.
To date, Volkswagen has sent more than 15,000 orders for their flagship electric SUV, the VW ID.4. Since the introduction of this car in March, VW has recorded more than 40,000 units of incoming orders from the United States citizen.