“We didn’t expect our competitor to be so fast and well-prepared,” Volkswagen plans to surpass Tesla as early as 2025

Volkswagen has a tough road ahead of it to reach its goal of becoming the world’s largest seller of electric cars by 2025. That’s what Volkswagen’s CEO said yesterday, admitting that Tesla’s competition has been stronger than expected.

It’s going to be a tight race, but we’re not going to give up. I have to say that we didn’t expect our main competitor from the United States to be so fast and well prepared.


Herbert Dees.


Last year, Diess was heavily criticized for regularly comparing Volkswagen to Tesla and highlighting the American company’s strong qualities in order to put pressure on the German automaker’s established structures.

This year, Tesla opened its first gigafactory in Europe near Berlin, challenging Volkswagen as well as rivals BMW and Mercedes-Benz on their home turf. That said, Diess said he thinks Tesla’s capacity ramp-up will be challenging.

Diess said he still sees a chance for Volkswagen to overtake Tesla and become No. 1 in the world by 2025, pointing to a broader range of products in different price points.

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