Volkswagen intends to overtake Tesla in electric car productionSeptember 7, 2020
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Volkswagen has a good chance of overtaking electric car pioneer Tesla by 2023, says Bernd Osterloch, chairman of the German company’s industrial council. However, the issue is not so much about the quality of “green” cars as about the volume of production.
Over the next three years, Volkswagen may build a plant that will produce between 900,000 and 1,500,000 vehicles per year. This is three times more than Tesla’s production volume, which the company will achieve after starting assembly at the Gigafactory 4 factory under construction in Germany, Osterloch calculated.
The top manager also recalled the Artemis project, launched last May. Audi will be responsible for the project, under which the concern will create its own software for electric cars, as well as a “high-performance electric car” under the four-ring nameplate. The software development center was relocated from Wolfsburg to Ingolstadt in July following software issues with the Volkswagen ID.3 electric hatchback.
The new software, which will be installed in cars, will help the German company improve its development processes for new models and components by collecting data, Osterloch said. Until 2022, the brands belonging to the Volkswagen group intended to build 27 models on the MEB modular platform, developed by the concern specifically for electric cars.
Already in the first half of 2020, every 10th Volkswagen vehicle on the German market was equipped with an electric motor. About 2.4 percent of shipments were various hybrids, and 6.3 percent were all-electric models.
Osterloch admits that in the future, the conveyors of the brand’s main plant in Wolfsburg may be converted for assembly of machines with zero emissions. According to experts’ forecasts, due to the reduction in the production of cars with internal combustion engines by 2030, about 400,000 people in Germany may lose their jobs.
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