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‘German Automakers Mull Investing 60 Billion Euros In Electric Cars And Automation’


FRANKFURT– German carmakers are planning to invest around 60 billion euros ($68 billion) over the next three years on electric cars and automated driving, says the head of the VDA car industry association. 

“We will invest over 40 billion euros in electric mobility during the next three years, and another 18 billion euros will be invested in digitization and connected and automated driving,” VDA president Bernhard Mattes said in a statement ahead of the Geneva motor show.

The range of electric car models from German manufacturers would treble to around 100 in that period, he said.

The Geneva International Motor Show, where manufacturers showcase their latest models and concepts, runs from March 7 to 17.

“The ramp-up of electric mobility is coming in Europe,” Mattes said. “Without it, the EU’s CO2 targets cannot be achieved by 2030,” he added, calling for what he called appropriate regulatory conditions across Europe.

Supported by few other major European economies, Germany is set to have a much higher share of electric vehicles among its new registrations than the EU average, Mr Mattes said.