German carmaking giants agree on strategy – www.electrive.com


According to company insiders, the heads of VW, BMW and Daimler have agreed on a common approach towards electric mobility during a telephone conversation following Volkswagen’s recent demands. The trio are apparently in agreement that the future belongs to battery electric mobility.

In the coming decade, battery electric mobility will be the only technology to comply with environmental laws in the EU, claim the German car makers. According to the agreement, the car bosses now assume that fuel cell cars will not be ready for the market in the next ten years.

According to the Handelsblatt, the companies want to promptly inform the industry’s lobby association, the VDA, of their unified position. On the basis of the manufacturers’ common stance, the association would draw up a consensus paper which would then represent their common position with governmental representatives. At its core, the carmakers wanted to position the consensus paper as the basis for the expansion of charging infrastructure and for the purpose of a promotional backdrop.

Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess recently threatened to resign from the VDA, among his other general demands regarding the German government’s charging and EV subsidy strategy. When extrapolating on why VW no longer feels properly represented by the association, he criticised the VDA’s approach of “openness to technology”. Here he made it very clear that sees “no alternative to e-mobility in the next decade” and recently even stated that “openness to technology is now the wrong slogan and will only lead to further system change in the future”. He therefore calls on the VDA, among other things, to massively promote electric cars at the expense of combustion engines.

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Diess now apparently has the backing of the other large German car manufacturers. This is the result of a 40-minute telephone conference. According to the Handelsblatt, the heads of VW, BMW and Daimler are also under time pressure to work out a unified position. Next month a mobility summit could take place at the Chancellor’s Office to discuss the framework conditions for the expansion of electric mobility.

handelsblatt.com, spiegel.de (both in German)





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