Volkswagen Okay With Being Behind Tesla, Daimler In Electric Commercial Vehicle Segment

1 month ago by Mark Kane 8

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Volkswagen encourages us that electrification is now a high priority for the company, but in case of commercial vehicles, VW is in no hurry, preferring to let others go ahead and test the market.

So, kinda no different that with the plug-in light vehicle market of today then.

Daimler Fuso eCanter

Daimler Fuso eCanter

Tesla, Daimler and even a postal service – Deutsche Post DHL are all racing to all develop and introduce electric trucks, but Volkswagen seems content as a “second mover“.

Andreas Renschler, the member of Volkswagen’s group management board said:

“Tesla has set some important and good impulses in the industry,” VW’s Renschler told Tagesspiegel, but said Volkswagen was rather a “second mover, who would rather check a couple of times more whether the standards are right.”

Currently, no one has yet cracked the commercial vehicle market, as most of the projects are still fairly insignificant (outside of DHL making its own plug-in fleet). For example Daimler intends to provide only 500 eCanter (details) within two years as a test before entering high volume production, while Tesla will unveil its first vehicle – a semi-truck in about a month (October 26).

source: Reuters

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8 responses to "Volkswagen Okay With Being Behind Tesla, Daimler In Electric Commercial Vehicle Segment"

  1. Clive says:

    As a whole Volkswagen is OK with being behind

  2. Thanh Lim says:

    Also known as how Apple seems to like to play.

    MP3s abound. They made it all come together by pushing the music industry.

    Blackberries and smart phones existed but iPhone refined it.

    Volkswagen wants to play that same role because tbh, it’s the safe bet.

    They know how to build cars. They can invest on how to make their electric engines “better” but realistically, they can put more money into investing on tech and wait for the batteries to get a lot better.

    Then they dive in and try to be like Apple. For me though, tbh, I’d still pick a Toyota over a Volkswagen if the range is the same.

    1. scott says:

      Any automaker that does not fully invest in EV’s will be crushed.

      1. Clive says:

        Correct you are.

  3. Some Guy says:

    Especially Daimler is funny. 500 e-Canter over 2 years to test the market…
    Why not just look at registration data?
    Deutsche Post put 335 Streetsccoter delivery vans on the streets of Germany in August 2017 alone, have upgraded their manufacturing capacity to 15 k units per year and are about to open up a second factory.
    Meanwhile Daimler created a fake home care nursing company with a bogus adress in order to rent a Streetscooter for testing from Deutsche Post, not realizing that Deutsche Post can
    a) identify fake adresses pretty easy
    b) has a GPS in each van, so they could find it on the Daimler test track and lawyered it back quickly…
    This bad publicity could have been avoided if Daimler had just invested 32 k and bought a Streetscooter vehicle, as they are for sale (if they don’t get one, have some other company buy it and resell it the same day, that’s the legal way to do this). Now they did not get too many tests and are the lauging stock of the industry…

  4. Dork says:

    Yea, it’s called the five stages of grief:

    1. Denial and isolation; 2. Anger; 3. Bargaining; 4. Depression; 5. Acceptance.

  5. JR says:

    If you been driving around Europa on vacation with an electric car, you know how importent it is with a supercharger network that is so easy to use like Tesla’s.
    With other electric cars, you will need at least 10-15 different charging cards, with different abonement, 5 different charging cable. 5 different apps on your telephone to find the charging spots.
    And if you are lucky max charging speed is 50kwh.
    Please Euro commision, we need one standard for paying and different cabels on the charging stations to fast charge all types of electric cars

  6. Hans says:

    In Germany just idiots drive VW

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