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Silicon Germany | Handelsblatt Auto-Gipfel 2016
Published: Fri, 18th Nov 2016 16:42:18 GMT  
 

Silicon Germany Zetsche Krüger Müller

Electric car industry is ‘no hype’ – Diesels remain key to achieving CO2 targets – Not scared by Silicon Valley but respectful – 500km- 600km range targets by 2020 – 15-25 per cent EV sales mix by 2025

This was the collective message from Germany’s top three automotive executives, BMW’s Harald Krüger, Volkswagen’s Matthias Müller and Daimler’s Dieter Zetsche, at last week’s Handelsblatt’s Auto-Gipfel 2016 conference hosted by BMW in Munich, Germany.

With all three heavyweights on stage together a firm sign was sent to Silicon Valley.

After a stumbled start, Silicon Germany is now serious and ready to take on the challenge of adopting to the changing times BMW’s Krüger first to take to the stage sees the switch to electric mobility as a marathon rather than a sprint with the ICE (internal combustion engine) still playing a role in 2030.

Considerable investments are still being made into this technology according to Mr Krüger. 

In order to achieve tough industry CO2 targets, Mr. Krüger threw his weight behind electric vehicles stating, “we won’t achieve the 2020 CO2 goals without electric mobility”. 

Krüger expects to see a 15-25 percent electric car sales mix by 2025 across the BMW range worldwide. 

This would translate to around 0.5 million annual sales at current levels. 

To put things into perspective, since the electric BMW i3 model was launched 3 years ago, there have been just over 60,000 sales worldwide
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