Volkswagen CEO, Matthias Müller said that he doesn’t understand why Germans think and act green in everyday life, but aren’t buying electric cars. He defined this behavior as a “paradoxical phenomenon”. According to him there isn’t a lack of supply but demand.
I really dislike when people pretend to be stupid when they clearly aren’t, just to look innocent.
Müller certainly knows that the main reason why people aren’t buying more electric cars is price. Volkswagen e-up and e-Golf are twice more expensive than their ICE (Internal Combustion Engine) counterparts, yet they don’t cost twice more to build, not even close.
Again, Volkswagen missed a good opportunity to remain silent.
The myth that electric cars are extremely expensive to build because of the battery cost is outdated. Not many people believe it when electric cars are less complex machines, that require less labor, specialized machinery, electricity and time in production lines than ICE cars.
It’s ironic that Volkswagen recently admitted that shifting to electric cars would mean less jobs and tried to make it look like a bad thing for the economy.
But Volkswagen wasn’t the only automaker to admit that electric cars are simpler to build than ICE cars.
Michael Brecht, member of the Daimler AG Supervisory Board, noted that building internal-combustion engines require roughly 10 times more workers than electric motors.
Here is the real paradox mister Müller, Volkswagen sells overpriced electric cars on purpose, to maintain sales low and keep selling polluting cars. All this while admitting that they are simpler to build and require less labor and machinery, yet Volkswagen complains that customers aren’t buying them.
I would have more respect for Müller if he admitted that he is a selfish old man that only cares about short-term profits since he won’t be here for much longer and doesn’t care about future generations. The myth that electric cars are expensive to build and automakers can’t do anything about it other than keep their prices high while selling polluting cars is really annoying.
What do you think about Müller’s statement?