Martin Winterkorn, Volkswagen AG Chairman of the Board of Management, has been at least somewhat consistent in his cheerleading for VeeDub’s eventual electric car, but apparently not everyone on the board is so persuaded:
[I]t came as a bit of a contradictory shock to hear Volkswagen’s Board Member responsible for sales, Christian Klingler, express emotions bordering on outright hostility regarding the future of electric cars in a roundtable discussion during the media launch for the electric Golf in Germany this week. “The electric car is not a request from the customer, the electric car is a request from the government,” said Klingler, going on to describe how there is no market demand for electric cars.
According to Klingler, VW has been careful in developing electric cars and is waiting to see what the “willingness” of customers is to buy an electric car before they truly commit.
“Even in the best case, the cost of electric autos might run several thousand euros more than conventional vehicles for the foreseeable future,” [Dieter] Zetsche said [Thursday] in a speech in Stuttgart. “In other words, we need appropriate sales incentives.”
Volkswagen hasn’t gone that far — yet. But Stateside, I have to wonder how many Volts and Leafs (Leaves?) would be moving in the first year without that $7500 contribution from taxpayers.
(Via The Truth About Cars.)