BMW Boss Predicts EV Future Amid VW Emissions Scandal

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Diesel-engined cars will become a thing of the past once emission regulations are modified, BMW's CEO predicts.
In an interview with Handelsblatt, Harald Kruger voiced his prognosis regarding the future of mobility. Thus, BMW's CEO expects diesel cars to become financially uneconomical and predicts their replacement with EVs.

The shift from internal-combustion cars to electric vehicles will favor new entrants like Tesla, Google and Apple, Kruger predicts. According to the German company’s leader, the prediction will come true in the not-too-distant future.

Other important voices from the automotive industry have come up with similar assessments in the last couple of years. Tesla's success in the automotive business fueled many prophecies like the one issued by the chief executive officer of the Munich-based carmaker.

Unlike previous predictions, Harald Kruger's latest statements are a response to the consequences of Volkswagen's Dieselgate scandal, which the CEO expects to affect all automakers.

Despite his own statements regarding the uncertain future of diesel cars, Harald Kruger emphasizes that the European Union's fuel consumption and emission limits planned for 2020 and beyond are unattainable without diesel powerplants.

In the future, carmakers in general will have trouble adapting their diesel engines to ever stricter legislation. Kruger describes the stricter emission restrictions planned by the European Union as being "increasingly ambitious legislation." Such legal requirements brought up the need to cheat for Volkswagen, we might add.

When the diesel engines meet their legislative doom, BMW will be ready. By that time, electric mobility will play its decisive role, BMW's boss discloses.

In his opinion, further development of electric cars needs the support of the German government and the key to the future of EVs will include heavy subsidies, tax relief, and help in building a charging infrastructure.

Germany currently has a goal of putting one million electric cars on the roads by 2020, a target that the country will fail to meet if consumers and carmakers don't receive government incentives, Kruger explains.
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Sebastian's love for cars began at a young age. Little did he know that a career would emerge from this passion (and that it would not, sadly, involve being a professional racecar driver). In over fourteen years, he got behind the wheel of several hundred vehicles and in the offices of the most important car publications in his homeland.
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