In what seemed to be a shocking goof — pun absolutely intended — Volkswagen of America on Monday briefly posted an unfinished press release announcing a plan to change its name to Voltswagen.
Tuesday morning, though, VW posted the full, finished release.
It now appears this is no joke, though. In ads and on chrome badges on the backs of its electric vehicle, Volkswagen, in America, at least, says it will be using the Voltswagen name. The name will not appear on the gasoine-powered cars.
The name Volkswagen means “people’s car” in German. A volt — as in Voltswagen — is a measure of electrical force. If real, the “Voltswagen” name would also not be the first use of the measurement in relation to a vehicle. General Motors built the plug-in hybrid Chevrolet Volt, known as the Opel Ampera in Europe, from 2011 to 2019.