Starting in 2019, almost every brand will be introducing new e-cars to the market. Drivers in China are already using an electric vehicle produced by the SOL brand, a VW joint venture in Central China.
For years we have been talking about autonomous, self-driving vehicles. Yet we don't see them on the streets. But be patient, even if you can't see them, something is happening.
Volkswagen is investing billions in a company partially owned by Ford that develops technology for self-driving cars. VW chief Herbert Diess didn't rule out deepening the two companies' alliance in the future.
France and Germany have asked the EU executive to approve state subsidies for a cross-border battery cell consortium to curb Asia's market dominance. German analyst Marcel Weiss says the investment might not be worth it.
The car industry is going through profound change. Volkswagen appears to understand the scale of this better than most, and its collaboration with Microsoft is part of its attempt to rebrand itself for the future.
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