Thursday, June 20, 2024

Volkswagen rejects crisis: "Electric cars are the only right thing"

Right now electric cars are not selling very well. But at Volkswagen, director Thomas Schäfer refuses to talk about the crisis, even though he has just thrown away 500 billion. kroner in petrol and diesel cars.

Volkswagen has just taken 500 billion kroner out of a budget of 1,300 billion kroner, which would otherwise have been spent exclusively on electric cars.

The 500 billion kroner must be spent on the development of the internal combustion engine, which Volkswagen 'will keep competitive'.

But despite the fact that a new decision has been made, which does not smell very much like a 100 percent support for the electric car, the brand's top boss Thomas Schäfer still believes that the car with a cable is the only right thing in the future.

Autogazette writes that.

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In an interview with the managing director, which was published, however, because Volkswagen moved around the money, Schäfer refuses to talk about the crisis. Because, like Audi, Volkswagen is adamant that electric cars are the only right thing on the roads of the future.

Thomas Schäfer sees the markedly lower demand for electric cars, which is especially true in Germany, not only as an expression of the removal of the state subsidy. He also blames high electricity prices.

The Volkswagen director also does not see it as an option that the brand can just press the pause button when it comes to electric cars. Then at a later time to start up again.

Not even if that is what the competitors at Mercedes-Benz seem to have done at the moment, when the development of two new platforms for electric cars has stopped. Read more about it here.

Instead, Thomas Schäfer sees it as an expression of 'a middle ground', when motorists are now increasingly looking for hybrid cars. In fact, also to an extent that falls behind Volkswagen.

Although Volkswagen recognizes that there must also be room for synthetic fuels and hydrogen, plug-in electric cars are the only way to go, it says.

– There is currently a lot of opposition and feelings towards electric cars. But it's really fun to drive an electric car, notes the director in the interview.

Seen in the light of that announcement, it is not surprising that other car brands are criticized for slowing down the 'development of the electric car'. In a new survey, the Japanese in particular get a beating for not investing enough in electric motors but instead thinking 'multi-track'. Read more about it here .

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