Volkswagen Boss Thinks That Germany Will Have 1 Million Cars With Alternative Propulsion By 2020
|   Thursday, November 14, 2013
Martin Winterkorn, CEO of the Volkswagen Group, says that achieving the goal Angela Merkel set for the number of electric vehicles on German roads by 2020 is possible only if hybrid vehicles are considered. The Chancellor of Germany wishes that the roads be populated by one million electric vehicles by 2020.
"We will make our contribution toward this goal," Winterkorn stated during a panel discussion in Ludwigshafen, Germany.

The head of the Volkswagen Group believes that plug-in hybrid vehicles offer the greatest potential in the automotive market today because they presents an engine with conventional technology and are more easily accepted by consumers.
Hybrid vehicles will help increase the number of charging points for electric vehicles on a large scale and will teach users to use an electric vehicle, even if they have under the hood an internal combustion engine.

As a result of the co-habitation phase, users will overcome the low autonomy anxiety electric vehicles inspire. Thus, electric vehicles will be regarded as something normal.

Volkswagen group companies will produce 14 models with hybrid drivetrains starting next year, with the electric versions of the Golf and Up! being the first models. Subsequently, hybrids from Porsche and Audi will complement this range with alternative propulsion systems. Volkswagen is going down the road already traveled by rivals from General Motors, Toyota, Honda and Nissan, with the portfolio of hybrids and electric vehicles of the Wolfsburg manufacturer to be quickly completed in the coming years.
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