Since the Volkswagen ID.3* celebrated its production launch in Zwickau and thus heralded a new era of electric mobility at Volkswagen, the question has been discussed among politicians and experts, in the media and in social forums: Is Volkswagen’s decision to promote electromobility decisively and consistently the right one? Or should Europe’s larger automakers not focus more on alternative drive technologies, above all hydrogen-based fuel cell technology?
The Volkswagen Group’s decision is clear: as a large volume manufacturer, it is focusing on battery-powered electric cars for the masses – even though Volkswagen Group Research is continuing to explore fuel cell technology and Audi, for example, has announced a small-scale hydrogen-powered vehicle for 2021. The turnaround in mobility, however, must take place in large volumes – for the sake of climate protection and the Paris agreements alone. In just a few years, Volkswagen intends to sell more than one million electric vehicles a year.