Diess does not believe that switching to electric vehicles will fail due to the lack of charging stations. “In Europe, infrastructure will not be a problem, because a lot of investment money is coming in right now, including oil companies, who want to keep their gas stations, for example.” The CEO sees problems elsewhere: “The obstacle in Europe and beyond could be battery and battery cell manufacturing from mid-decade, they will remain scarce,” he told the newspaper.
In the next few months, the manager sees his group as more profitable than rival Tesla, as he can increase his cultural production more easily than the US competitor. “There should be an opportunity for us to accelerate now, so that perhaps we can reduce Tesla’s leadership in the production of electric vehicles a bit this year. And we could be the world market leader in electric vehicles by 2025.”
Diess announced that he would like to visit the controversial factory in China’s Xinjiang region, where Wauyghur and other Muslim minorities have been harassed and harassed for years, according to human rights organizations, “as soon as possible.” “I am opposed to withdrawing from the region, I am confident that the situation of the local people, especially the minority, will improve if we remain,” Diess said.
Volkswagen has been working for a small factory in Xinjiang with its Chinese partner SAIC for several years and has recently been criticized for this. The SAIC must ensure that “there is no discrimination,” the manager said.