VW cheflobbyist about electric cars: “We want to open up a new world”

VW cheflobbyist about electric cars:

Thomas Steg, once government spokesman under Gerhard Schroder and Angela Merkel, today Volkswagen’s cheflobbyist, explained in an interview with the daily mirror, as VW wants to expand the electromobility to the mass phenomenon and how his prior appointment is at Federal Finance Minister Olaf Scholz.

Accordingly, Minister of Finance Scholz is aware of “that the auto industry is standing before a profound change”. Steg and Scholz agree that financial support for purely electric cars and plug-in hybrids, however defined, is best “long-term”. “A funding framework that has been reliably established over the years creates trust. Then everyone will know that Germany is serious about electromobility,” said Steg in an interview.

Volkswagen has already made a clear decision in this regard. We are pursuing the most courageous and resolute strategy for electromobility worldwide,” says Steg confidently about his employer: “We want to open up a new world and are investing around 30 billion euros in the next few years.However, the general conditions have to change for an electromobile mass market, according to the manager. With Scholz, for example, he spoke about “how a used car market for electric vehicles can develop”, how electric company cars can be better promoted and how the development of the charging infrastructure can be accelerated.

And the clarifying talks between the largest German car manufacturers BMW, Daimler and VW together with the VDA, which were necessary after a small dispute, “provided the necessary clarity and agreement: there will be no equal alternative to electromobility at least until 2030. Neither the fuel cell nor synthetic fuels will be ready for series production by then.”

Electromobility is “in the interests of the environment and society,” Steg defended Volkswagen’s electric car offensive. The next two years are “key years for electromobility” because the infrastructure has to be built up. Steg also defends the promotion of small cars, which BMW, for example, sees as a delay in competition with its expensive, higher-class premium vehicles: cheap electric cars for less than 20.000 euros are also important for nursing or delivery services, which mostly drive short distances in the city and have to pay particular attention to the acquisition and operating costs of the vehicles. “We want electric mobility for millions,” says Steg. In order to dispel BMWS concerns, in the interview, the interview suggests that a promotion “, for example, to a commercial use of these small electric vehicles could be linked”.

The entry-level vehicle in the ID.-According to Steg, the family is to be built in Emden after 2023/24. “We have our own plans there – but it will still be a few years before a car like this comes onto the market.And when it comes to VW’s own cell production, the manufacturer is not under time pressure either: “In order to be able to plan reliably in the first wave of electromobility, we have several Korean and Chinese cell suppliers who also produce in Europe. The contracts are long-term.However, it is still being investigated whether VW is not also getting into cell production itself. Since the high wage costs and the high electricity costs in Germany represent “a significant problem”, Steg would like at least “relief in the electricity costs, for example through an exemption from the EEG surcharge.”

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