CEO Herbert Diess believes Volkswagen is making insufficient progress in the transition to a more environmentally conscious company. He therefore hopes to sell fewer SUVs and even to hire a climate activist.
Diess said that in an interview with the Financial Times . He would prefer that a climate activist is employed who reports directly to him.
"This transition is an opportunity. I don't think electric driving will mean the end of the automotive industry." Diess acknowledges that Volkswagen is not yet responding quickly enough to developments.
Diess thinks that in time it will also be necessary to sell fewer SUVs, which are less efficient due to their larger frontal area and higher weight. "Electric cars will influence the preferences of consumers for a certain body type. With an SUV, you sacrifice quite a bit of driving range."
Volkswagen's next electric car will be an SUV. The unveiling is planned for this summer. A coupé version of that model also appears.
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