Volkswagen AG is in a position to overtake Tesla Inc. in an interview, works council chairman Bernd Osterloh told Welt am Sonntag, both in terms of e-car production numbers and software growth.
“If Tesla develops three factories where it is possible to manufacture 300,000 to 500,000 vehicles, then we are talking about a number of units between 900,000 and 1,5 million. We want to accomplish the same, perhaps even sooner, in 2023, “Osterloh told the paper. VW’s modular electric-drive matrix architecture gives a “massive” advantage to the carmaker, as it can build on it any vehicle of any brand, Osterloh said.
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Osterloh also expects the task force “Artemis” innovation to catch up with Tesla’s technical advantage under Audi CEO Markus Duesmann. The new Car Software Association, where all software operations for carmakers are combined, is the right step in that direction, Osterloh told WamS.
“Their benefit is that they already have their applications in the cars and are using it for data collection,” he said. But if we get our system into our cars, in a short time we’ll have a lot more info.’