Could Volkswagen and Tesla Work Together on EVs in the Future?
Not exactly the pair we want, but this unholy matrimony could create wonders; if it ever happensby Sidd Dhimaan, on
Volkswagen and Tesla have been having some sort camaraderie for quite some time now that seems a little more than just healthy, mutual respect. Recently, Elon Musk test drove the Volkswagen ID.3, and now, VW’s CEO, Herbert Diess, took a drive in the Tesla Model Y. This leads to speculations if Tesla and Volkswagen are joining forces, but the German automaker’s CEO put an end to the rumors saying there is no deal between the two companies. But, could the two giants tag-team EVs in the future?
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Herbert Diess test drove the Tesla Model Y and said that Volkswagen will use it as a “reference car”.
He shared an image with the Model Y and said, “Of course I also tested a Tesla Model Y — with my colleague Frank Welsch. This car is for us in many aspects (not in all!) a reference: user experience, updatability, driving features, performance of the top of the range models, charging network, range.”
The CEO has not been shy of showering praises for Tesla’s cars and its technologies. Electrek reported an internal leak earlier this year that has the VW CEO admit that Tesla has taken a significant lead when it comes to software and its use in its self-driving program. He was even quoted saying,
“What worries me the most is the capabilities in the assistance systems. 500,000 Teslas function as a neural network that continuously collects data and provides the customer a new driving experience every 14 days with improved properties. No other automobile manufacturer can do that today.”
Volkswagen is said to have taken appropriate measures and is heading in the right direction to close this gap between itself and Tesla.
Diess also pointed out that automakers aren’t able to catch up in the EV segment because they aren’t building vehicles from the ground up. He said, Big advantage: Model Y was/is thought through as an electric car — as is the ID.3. Many of our competitors still using their ICE platforms. The result: They aren’t getting the best EVs.” As confirmed by Diess, there is no deal between the two automakers. For now, Volkswagen and Ford are working together and we could expect a lot of re-badged and re-engineered products from both the brands in the future. So, this Volkswagen-Tesla pairing seems unlikely as of this moment. But hey, who knows what the future entails?
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