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Thursday 28 February 2019

VW’s Herbert Diess Says Tesla Is Doing A Good Job & Has An Edge

The dieselgate scandal has plagued Volkswagen for the past decade. But Patrick McGee writes in the Financial Times, “The emissions scandal was an accelerant for an already-needed turnround strategy.” 

He explains that VW’s new “strategy [has] involved making the German carmaker competitive against a slew of… electric car start-ups led by Tesla and a host of Chinese rivals.”

Although electric cars have many attractive qualities including instant torque, simpler maintenance, and (of course) zero tailpipe emissions, VW’s CEO Herbert Deiss got attracted to the idea of EVs through a toy helicopter he bought for his son.

“We flew the helicopter and the bloody thing flew for about 10 minutes,” Deiss told FT, recalling how impressed he was given the small battery size. After that moment, he became convinced that electric vehicles could be the future of automotive.


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