Ex-VW Board: “Electromobility is unbeatable and will prevail”

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In his term of office, groundbreaking decisions: Jurgen Stackmann was from November 2015, shortly after the beginning of the diesel scandal, for well for years sales board at the Volkswagen Automarke. In an interview with Next Mobility, he talked about how the manufacturer has changed in these five years and as his opinion looks like the mobility of the future.

“When the diesel crisis came up, we stood in front of a policy issue,” says Stackmann over the fall of 2015. It has been clear that VW need “a strong and convincing impulse” to handle the diesel topic. “E-mobility was the only consistent and realizable solution for us,” said the former VW board. “VW also has a lot of courage to invest heavily in e-mobility,” he says, since then “very few manufacturers have consistently set on electromobility and the sales of E vehicles was rather low”.

On historical data-based trend analyzes have “not really helped”, Stackmann explained, finally entered new territory. However, some social changes were already recognizable: “For example, the rapidly increasing acceptance of the effects of climate change, new legislative framework and the proven energy efficiency of e-mobility”. The then VW managers should be right: “We had a good instinct when you see how it comes now,” says Stackmann.

Serious alternatives to the purely battery-powered car no longer sees the former VW sales board: “It only needs quite simple math to see where the journey goes”. The big sticking point is the limited availability of ecostrom, which will remain “even in the coming ten years a bottleneck factor”. “Therefore, this current must be used as efficiently as possible. And the electromobility is unbeatable and will enforce itself, “says Stackmann. He is sure that cars “in the future in the large three regions of China, USA and Europe” will be operated electrically electrically. “The topic is through, the Drops sucked,” he shows himself convinced.

Although hydrogen already see as a possible alternative to the purely battery electrical drive, but only “in the medium term in some regions rather in the truck area” as well as “especially in industrial care, for example in the steel area”. Although e-fuels are generally exciting, “but there is simply not enough regenerative electricity. That’s why the BEV is set in the next few years “.

“Tesla was a source of inspiration and a drive after Dieselgate”

At Volkswagen’s drive turn, the Electric Car Primus Tesla from the United States played a big role, explains Stackmann: “For us at Volkswagen, Tesla was a source of inspiration and a drive after Dieselgate”. For too long, Tesla “ignored and smiled. There was certainly a certain arrogance in the game in Germany, too, “the former VW board admits. The Californians “much already very good, which stuck with us still mentally and in the implementation in the infancy”.

The big advantage of Tesla is to work consistently and designed as the established automakers: “They focus exclusively on the perfection of the electric drive and the battery cell and dominated a large part of the value creation early”. Tesla also has what, according to Stackmann “Brillant”, the car “was seen and developed from the beginning as a software product”. And that had “much more on the head, as some thought.”In his five years at VW, Tesla was therefore” for us the scale “. Fear did not have VW before Tesla, but respect, so stackmann.

Tesla had “a lead of a few years ago, which it was up to catch up,” said the former VW board. From the technique to sales, Volkswagen has therefore created new structures. Until you open completely to Tesla, it will take some time.

Before short, Volkswagen has taken over the car rental company Europcar again, a “very good and strategic investment in a central platform for a wide variety of mobility services”, as Stackmann finds. The potential is “huge”, but it will be “certain time need to build and integrate this platform”. Stackmann sees here “a significant role also for the trade as a base and offer node for mobility services”. If he was still at VW, he would “definitively integrate the trade”.

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3 thoughts on “Ex-VW Board: “Electromobility is unbeatable and will prevail””

  1. Dieselgate, a truly great expression, also diesel scandal as well.
    Since the non-informed could think of a diesel pusch or diesel defect development, but not in intentional scam for laws, to customers, at the climate of the whole world.
    We had a bit of Dieselgate, so nice to see the environmental scandal, in which with high technical expenses of proper exhausts without cleaning were blown into the environment, so that one’s own consumption values could be beautified and additional technical effort could be prevented.
    And those should have a trust? In China, they would probably have been a head shorter.

  2. What should one say for a long time you were mocked as an e-car advocate, now the first petroleousheads that it was wrong, and in the next few years will be many episodes. The statement produces a certain satisfaction.
    Let’s hope it is not too late for the German automotive industry, which if you have followed the Ai Day of Tesla, you know how hard it will catch up. I have the impression of the distance increases.
    I believe the end of 2022, so in a good year, in this regard a machining time. The German manufacturers have more models on market, but also the Asian and Tesla has its 2 gigafactories fully on running and new vehicles with new battery technology at the start.

  3. “The big sticking point is the limited availability of ecostrom, which will remain” even in the coming ten years a bottleneck factor “. “Therefore, this current must be used as efficiently as possible. And the electromobility is unbeatable and will enforce itself, “says Stackmann. He is sure that cars “in the future in the large three regions of China, USA and Europe” will be operated electrically electrically. “The topic is through, the Drops sucked,” he shows himself convinced.”

    So if eco flow is in short supply, you should tackle the bottleneck first of all. We first have half so much eco flow, as we need today to provide all consumers who are already there with clean electricity today. When new consumers are serviced with the old means of power supply, they are not a contribution to reducing CO2 emissions, but can be just as good with considerable effort, as comparable modern vehicles.

    That the drops is sucked and the electric car will prevail as the sole drive concept, I doubt strongly. The power consumption is relatively uniform, but the generation of renewable is unevenly. Consequently, we need to cache the energy from surplus times for lack of lack. The simplest requirement would be saving the day excess at night. The hardest requirement is: save the net income in the winter months. There are immense capacities that can not be stored both technically and economically with batteries. The current technically most likely variant is the storage as hydrogen pure or subsequent products such as methane, ammonia, methanol, ethanol or synthetic fuels. That’s why we were not around today. That is, to start with the simple task: we save from the day at night. So, if the sun goes down, the old technique that previously burned natural gas has been incubated and energized synthetic methane or hydrogen. Many fuel cells are used, but also transform the stored hydrogen into electricity with the same losses such as natural gas technology. But since the power grid is not so expanded so that it can transmit twice or threefold amounts necessary to all 100% E cars (in the future 42 million.) To load during the day, the predominant part of the electric cars at night on the net is loaded with electricity from fuel cells or internal combustion engines, from time to time with the support of wind power. And now obviously the question arises: Why does the fuel cell have to stand in the power plant and can not be in the car? The efficiency chain is the same. If you start first in the current, you come to other results than if you look at everything.

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