Four out of 10 VW cars sold in China in 2017

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VOLKSWAGEN has announced plans to push ahead with its electric revolution and intends to be building battery-electric and hybrid models at 16 sites across the globe within the next four years.

The announcement of more electric-car factories is part of Volkswagen's "Roadmap E" electrification plan.

To ensure adequate battery capacity for the expansion of environmentally-friendly electric mobility, partnerships with battery manufacturers for Europe and China have already been agreed. The German automaker is likely to equip 16 more firms in manufacturing electric cars by 2022 in addition to the existing three automotive manufacturers it has under its umbrella.

From 2019, there will be a new EV "virtually every month," Müller said.

The company, which has struggled to secure sources of cobalt, a critical component for modern batteries, said that it's working on ways to reduce the amount of the element needed for its electric cars. VW aims to sell more than 1 million cars powered exclusively by batteries by 2025, after selling just 43,000 electric models in 2017.

"We have pulled out all the stops over the past months to implement the Roadmap E swiftly and resolutely", the chief executive Matthias Mueller said at a news conference, referring to the electric vehicle (EV) programme.

When it launched Roadmap E in Europe in the third quarter of previous year, the Volkswagen Group projected it would deliver 80 new EVs from two EV architectures.

According to a recent study by Ernst & Young, the German auto makers VW, Daimler and BMW have invested €4.7 billion worldwide in the last two years in pure electric vehicle technology.

In the longer term, the Group's pure BEVs would all sit upon one of two purpose-designed architectures.

The efforts will also support Volkswagen's rollout of its Modular Electrification Toolkit (MEB) platform. In the interim, the e-Golf sits on a converted version of Volkswagen's standard-issue MQB architecture, while early Porsche BEVs will use its J1 architecture and the first Audi BEVS will sit on the C-BEV underpinnings.

These plans are part of VW Roadmap E that was launched past year. VIZZION, another member of the Volkswagen I.D. family.

VW now has three electric vehicle factories, but that number will increase to nine by 2020 and to at least 16 by 2022, the automaker said Tuesday.

The U.S. has no coherent national plan for comprehensive fast charging, despite the model laid down by the Tesla Supercharger network starting five years ago, and the job is largely being left to private industry.