‘Challenge Tesla,’ Says Chancellor’s Office to German Auto Industry

By Christian Stampfer on 27 August 2017
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Berlin, Germany

MUNICH—The German auto industry should invest more in electric vehicles and not rest on its laurels, said Kanzleramtschef, or Chancellor’s Chief of Staff, Peter Altmaier over the weekend in Berlin.

Mr. Altmaier said he was disappointed by the response of managers at German automakers following the Dieselgate scandal while speaking at the government’s Tag der offenen Tür, an open house.

Calling Dieselgate a Catch-22, he said he was against a ban on diesels. Instead, the German automobile industry must ensure that the best electric vehicles are those built in Germany.

Throwing down the gauntlet, he challenged German automakers to build a car that travels 31 miles (50 kilometers) further on a charge than a Tesla and costs €10,000 ($11,928) less.

If the automobile industry doesn’t understand that it has to invest more in electric vehicles, especially in cities, it will make it very hard to defend the continued sale of gasoline and diesel engines in the future, he said.

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