At the “turning point”: car industry looks at the time to corona

At the'wendepunkt': autobranche blickt auf die zeit nach corona'wendepunkt': autobranche blickt auf die zeit nach corona

Still, the Corona crisis has firmly under control the German car industry. But from the point of view of the industry, better times of trains: "We ame that the second half of 2021 will improve when the progress in vaccination is so crude that the pandemic can be stored in everyday life", said the Prasident of the Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA), Hildegard Muller, in Berlin. Around 2.9 million cars were admitted in Germany last year. 2021, according to Muller, it should be around 3.15 million cars. However, such numbers were far away from the pre-crisis level. In 2019, there had been strong 3.6 million new pastes.

Muller ames that the industry will only slowly call up to such numbers. Nevertheless, the gaze should be free again for the other urgent topics: not only the growing demand for electric cars needs to be operated and continued. The manufacturers can not sleep in view of the competition also the developments in autonomous driving. In addition, the industry with concerns at EU discussions over Schricht’s climate goals and currently fights with a commodity bottleneck that leads to delivery difficulties in important semiconductors.


The VDA Prasidente was therefore principle on Tuesday: "We are at a turning point, which specifies the direction of the following decades", she said at an outlook for the year 2021. For this industry, the industry is significantly ruptured better than the location Germany: high electricity prices and labor costs on the one hand and a too low internet speed on the other side prevented the manufacturers in the implementation of the process.

Muller warned against prohibitions and further symptoms as well as a unilateral concentration on certain types of drivers. She once again demanded the expansion of the European charging headquarters for E cars, the expansion of the EU mobility strategy for synthetic fuels and the expansion of hydrogen infrastructure. "The EU mobility strategy must be expanded to be synthetic fuels and the expansion of a hydrogen infrastructure so that traffic can continue to spread." The Commission can not only formulate the objectives, but also take the implementation in hand.

Bottleneck at semiconductors

As vulnerable, the industry remains, the delivery problems in semiconductor modules, which are needed for electronic systems and microchips. Some car manufacturing lines have to eat again, because the supply is sinking – even because of closing the central semiconductor raw material silicon. "The few semiconductor manufacturers usually sit in Asia", Criticated Muller. Germany and the EU therefore had to answer the question of how much dependence they wanted to allow.

The climate goals could only be achieved via technical innovations. "Europe needs this innovation competition and an active industrial policy to achieve the climate goals while securing growth and work at the same time", struck it.

Positively, she emerged the US electric car manufacturer Tesla, which built a work in the Brandenburg Grunheide at Berlin in the record pace. This step rejoice "unrecorded", said Muller. That’s a proof that there are good engineers here, good suppliers and so there are many partnerships that arise there. Politics also presented a special pace here and it is desirable that this is also based on other projects and companies.

Climate protection takes into account

Mullers statements initiate criticism on Tuesday, especially by environmental links and the grunes. "An innovation competition will only win if you drive forward instead of looking back", shared Greenpeace Traffic Expert Tobias Austrup. "The VDA cakes the car industry to the umbrella of the combustion engine and ignores the residue of the industry at the electromobility."

The Green Group Chief in the Bundestag, Anton Hofreiter, shared with: "Modern industrial policy is based on climate protection and relies on sustainability." The thirst does not contradict the thirst in the auto industry. How Muller he sees the future of the auto industry in new technologies.

The most important E-cars

At the'wendepunkt': autobranche blickt auf die zeit nach corona'wendepunkt': autobranche blickt auf die zeit nach corona

Audi q4 e-tron peak power 125 – 220 kW continuous power 70 or. 77 kW battery capacity gross 55 kWh (Q4 E-TRON 35) or. 82 kWh max. Charge power DC 100 kW (Q4 E-TRON 35) or. 125 kW (at certain ionity charging points) max. Charging power AC 7.2 kW (E-TRON 35) or. 11 kW range (WLTP) 306 km (E-TRON 35 min.) To 520 km (E-Tron 40 max.) Electricity consumption (WLTP combined) 17.0 (E-TRON 35 min.) Up to 20.1 kWh / 100 km (e-tron 40 max.) Highest speed: 160 (E-TRON 35) or. 180 km / h trunk volume: 520 – 1490 liter basic prices (gross, status: July 2021): 41.900 to 53.600 euros

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