German minister for Economic Affairs wants German EVs to be sexy

He wants his German EVs to look at least half as sexy as a Tesla!

2y ago

At a conference in Berlin, initiated by German publisher Axel Springer, final discussions concerned future mobility, electric vehicles and autonomous driving.

During the quite conversable meeting, Peter Altmaier, German minister for Economic Affairs, made a striking statement that may have caused an awkward silence among German car manufacturers.

According to "Welt am Sonntag", Peter Altmaier raised his voice against fellow meeting participants, Volkswagen's chairman Herbert Diess and Daimler's chairman, Dieter Zetsche. Also BMW could not get away scot-free.

Altmaier did not mince matters

In his speech, Altmaier stated, "I'm really wondering about what time you, Mr. Zetsche, or you, Mr. Diess, or Mr. Krüger from BMW, will be able to build an electric car that is at least half as sexy as a Tesla. Regarding the appeal of your e-cars, you could indeed come up with some fresh ideas."

The reaction of addressed panellists was not passed on by the reporting newspaper, but it followed a quick change of subject.

Not sexy?

Not sexy?

Opinions about the German automotive future

Regarding the appeal of your e-cars, you could indeed come up with some fresh ideas.

Peter Altmaier about German car manufacturers

During an earlier discussion about autonomous driving, Altmaier stated that he is "convinced that completely autonomous driving will happen. Maybe later than we expected about two or three years ago." He believes in the German automotive industry and that they could make up for some deficits in digital platform development.

Dieter Zetsche predicts that the first autonomous vehicles will be lorries and utility vehicles driving on the Autobahn, before passenger transportation could be realised.

Herbert Diess admitted that the Germans have fallen behind regarding autonomous driving, but is "determined to catch up. The game is not lost yet."

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Comments (13)

  • Mmmm... the i8 is sexy, isn't it?

      2 years ago
  • The thing is, a lot of ppl who buy these EV's want them to stand out and look different from other cars. They want ppl to notice that their car is an EV without any doubt. They want everybody to know they're 'saving' the world. This is also the reason the design of the prius hasn't really gotten any better over and we all know that Toyota can make much sexier cars...

    Anyway, my point is that the ppl who go to the trouble of owning one (autonomy, resell value, lifetime of the battery, etc.) want everybody to know their making an effort to save our planet. So as long as EV's aren't being bought by a broader audience there is no point in making them sexier. And lets be honest, we're not quite there yet. Nor our infrastructure or the technolgy is there to make EV's take over current fossil fueled cars. IMO

      2 years ago
  • I reckon VW & Volvo make the best looking EVs; which is appreciated alongside their affordable pricing.

      2 years ago
  • except the i8 is not an all-electric car. it might be eclectic but not electric

      2 years ago
  • teslas are not sexy

    a La Ferrari is a sexy car. and it makes a sexy noise

      2 years ago