VW’s electric nod

A lot of the world’s biggest car makers have chosen to avoid lingering too much on the wild success and the subsequent euphoria Tesla has had with its EVs.

But Volkswagen have defied the trend, acknowledging the growing American marque as a direct rival in the EV race in an interview with Auto News.

“In the old world it is Toyota, Hyundai and the French car makers. In the new world it is Tesla.

“Tesla belongs among the competitors that have abilities that we currently do not have,” said VW chief executive Herbert Diess.

It’s no secret that part of why Volkswagen, as well as the rest of Volkswagen AG, are pushing the go button on EVs across all their brands is to offset the costs of "Dieselgate".

In the interview, Diess also discussed the advantage Tesla have, given that around half of their engineer workforce are also software experts.

A lot of the world’s biggest car makers have chosen to avoid lingering too much on the wild success and the subsequent euphoria Tesla has had with its EVs.

But Volkswagen have defied the trend, acknowledging the growing American marque as a direct rival in the EV race in an interview with Auto News.

“In the old world it is Toyota, Hyundai and the French car makers. In the new world it is Tesla.

“Tesla belongs among the competitors that have abilities that we currently do not have,” said VW chief executive Herbert Diess.

It’s no secret that part of why Volkswagen, as well as the rest of Volkswagen AG, are pushing the go button on EVs across all their brands is to offset the costs of "Dieselgate".

In the interview, Diess also discussed the advantage Tesla have, given that around half of their engineer workforce are also software experts.

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