VW CEO: Adopting EVs Could Crash Auto Industry

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Oct. 31, 2018—The CEO of the Volkswagen group has shown concerns recently regarding the fallout that the automotive industry might face due to the growing popularity of electric vehicles, especially in Germany.

According to a report by, Volkswagen has been rather supportive of subsidiary Porsche’s venture which promises to electrify the company’s offerings. And, VW has already confirmed and hyped its plans to enter the plug-in hybrid and EV segment.

But the company is also struggling with delays, plan changes, and negativity toward EVs, which is spreading throughout a sizable swath of Europe, according to In Europe, governments are working on laws that will, in essence, persuade consumers to adopt electric vehicles.

VW has released several reports disclosing its target of producing several EV models by 2025. However, the CEO of Volkswagen Group, Herbert Diess, is said to believe that strict emission laws designed to promote sales of EVs would result in the crash of the current German auto industry.

According to, Diess reasoned that if emission requirements aren’t reduced, the entire German auto industry would crash and nearly 100,000 employees might lose their jobs.


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