Executive Director and member of the Board of Directors, BMW’s Klaus frolich said that the transition to electric vehicles exaggerated and they have no consumer demand. Interestingly, fröhlich voiced these comments on the event where BMW proudly announced the acceleration of its plans to produce 25 cars that will be partially or fully electric, and the rescheduling of two years earlier from 2025 to 2023.
Frolich said that all electric cars are more expensive than hybrids and cars with internal combustion engines due to the cost of raw materials for batteries, and their prices could eventually increase as demand increases for this raw material. He also hinted that the government asks for a fully electric vehicle, not a customers. Frolich said that BMW can “flood” Europe a million fully electric cars, but only if company will be offered a large government stimulus.
As noted by fröhlich on the basis of observations of fully electric vehicles demand in China and California, while in other countries it is better to use the plug-in-hybrids with a good power reserve on a single charge. He believes that diesel engines will be relevant for at least 20 years, and petrol – at least 30 years.
Just a few hours before reviews frelich, BMW introduced a new design of electric bike and luxurious, futuristic hybrid concept car, which ultimately can replace the supercar i8. BMW also recently announced that it sold its 400 000-th electric vehicle (plug-in hybrid and all-electric). The first fully electric BMW i3 has gone on sale in late 2013.
Striking dissonance in the timing of the review, especially considering that in 2018, BMW paid the penalty for equipping several thousand vehicles with devices that incorrectly showed the emission standards after the government RAID. The European Commission has accused the company of colluding with Volkswagen and Daimler, with the aim of slowing the introduction of technology that would restrict emissions of diesel vehicles.
Volkswagen spends more than $ 50 billion on batteries for electric vehicles so as not to delay delivery of the last. Audi, Hyundai and KIA have any problems with the market introduction of electric vehicles because of problems with the production of batteries, and some industry experts warn about the problems with the supply.
Electric vehicles sales continue to grow, despite concerns the global automotive market, so FR is not right in their views. With the advent of cheaper electric cars from companies like Volkswagen, and improved infrastructure charging, which develops each year, it is likely that the demand for electric cars will only grow. Of course, if demand is growing too rapidly, and the supply chain of batteries will not keep up with demand, the development of electromobility could be inhibited.