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Martin Winterkorn Supports Plan For 1 Million Electric Cars in Germany

Volkswagen Group used to have a skeptical outlook on the future of electric cars, saying the technology isn't ready. But big boss Martin Winterkorn has turned the boat around and now wants wants to make Volkswagen Group into the biggest electric mobility automaker in the world.
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Not surprisingly, he supports the German government's goal to have 1 million electric cars on the country's roads by 2020. Electric mobility is a touch subject on the Deutsche political scene, but Winterkorn says it's totally achievable if battery-powered cars such as hybrids are taken into account.

Pure EVs and electrified-powered vehicles represented 4,157 sales in Germany last year, a tiny fraction of the 3 million sales registered. However, customers weren't exactly spoiled for choice.

At September's Frankfurt Auto Show, Winterkorn stood in the company of four electric mobility vehicles: the e-Golf, e-Up!, Audi A3 e-tron and Porsche Panamera S eHybrid. But the biggest German automaker's CEO plans to have as many as 40 electric or hybrid models in the future.

Via Autonews Europe


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