News Digest Item
25 Nov 2016

“The pitfalls of serial production”


E-mobility start-ups in the automobile sector will not pose a threat to established carmakers, because industrial serial production is too expensive and complex, writes Markus Fasse in an opinion piece for Handelsblatt. “Up until now, the million-fold reproduction of a prototype is an art only mastered by the established auto industry,” Fasse writes. Manufacturers like VW were late in starting the shift to e-mobility, but can now bank on a global network of production sites and “knowledge of the delicate interplay of suppliers,” according to Fasse. However, IT companies like Apple have an advantage on software for autonomous driving. “In the end, the two industries will meet where it is most useful to the customers: at eye level.”

Read the article (behind paywall) in German here.

For background read the CLEW dossier The Energiewende and German carmakers.

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