Volkswagen's Electric Concept Car To Debut At CES 2016

Dec 09, 2015 03:05 PM EST | John Nassivera

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Volkswagen may have a chance to take people's minds off the current emissions cheating scandal next month when it debuts a new all-electric concept car at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show (CES).

The Consumer Technology Association (CTA), the parent organization of CES, has announced that Volkswagen Passenger Cars CEO Herbert Diess will give a keynote address at CES 2016 on Jan. 5 to introduce the concept and focus "his remarks on electric mobility driving the automotive market," according to The Verge.

While not much has been revealed about the new vehicle, possibilities include the next-generation e-Golf and a new electric Phaeton, Digital Trends reported.

CTA CEO Gary Shapiro said that the concept car's unveiling will show off the German automaker's "latest developments in safe and energy-efficient electric vehicles with VW's long history of innovation in the driving experience."

The announcement follows three months after it was discovered that VW equipped some of its diesel-powered vehicles with software that allows the cars to emit less cars during tests than on the roads. These "defeat devices" have been found in almost 500,000 2.0-liter TDIs in the U.S. since, and the automaker recently had to recall over 323,000 cars in India because of the issue.

"When we agreed to a Volkswagen keynote earlier this year we, along with the world, did not know much about emissions testing, but after talking with Dr. Diess I felt the CES audience would be interested in his vision and curious about his plans for a new type of sustainable car," Shapiro said in a press release. "Now, VW has an opportunity at CES to show the world its designs for the future and how the company views electric mobility and sustainability."

VW won't be the only automaker with unveilings scheduled for CES 2016, as General Motors will show off its Chevrolet Bolt, which is said to take 200 miles on a single charge, and Tesla will debut its much-anticipated Model 3 at the event.

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