Volkswagen’s 35 Million Blunder: Can We Take It Seriously?

A little while ago, Automotive News published an interview with Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess in which he was quoted as having said Volkswagen had planned for (and secured) fifty million electric cars worth of battery packs, all as part of its plan to become the world’s leader in electric vehicles.

By the end of the week, that statement had been retracted by Volkswagen’s Board of Directors, replaced with one which said that Volkswagen was planning fifteen million electric cars for the first wave of its electric car push — and it had invested fifty billion dollars in securing the necessary battery packs for them.

That’s quite the change to Diess’ initial comments… and it got us thinking.

Can Volkswagen really be taken seriously when it comes to electric vehicles? And what would make people stop and take notice now?

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