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...more
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