Volkswagen to rebrand as 'Voltswagen' in U.S.

Some thought it was an early April Fool's joke.

But Volkswagen is apparently about to change its name, at least in the U.S.

There it will soon be known as 'Voltswagen'.

That's volts, as in electricity.

The new name take effect in May, and is intended to flag VW's big move into electric cars.

All EVs will have Voltswagen badging on the rear.

Conventionally powered cars will just have the VW emblem.

New exterior and interior signs will soon appear on all the company's U.S. properties.

The move comes six years after VW admitted rigging emissions tests in the country.

That ultimately cost it around 38 billion dollars in fines, refits and legal costs.

Now the German giant wants to put all that behind it with a focus on clean vehicles.

It's aiming to double sales of EVs at its core brand this year.