German E-Cars The Race to Beat Tesla at Its Own Game

Government subsidies promoting the purchase of electric cars in Germany are causing demand to skyrocket. VW, BMW and Daimler are all overwhelmed by the sudden boom. Not only are there too few vehicles coming off the assembly lines, but there aren't enough charging stations around Europe. The companies are now going on the offensive to catch up with Tesla.
An Audi e-tron at a charging station: "The lever has been flipped."

An Audi e-tron at a charging station: "The lever has been flipped."

Foto: AUDI
DER SPIEGEL 30/2020
Audi CEO Markus Duesmann: "Audi must be constantly developing new cars."

Audi CEO Markus Duesmann: "Audi must be constantly developing new cars."

Foto: Bernhard Huber / AUDI
A pilot project at VW for battery cells: "It's unusual for the top dogs to be down 2-0."

A pilot project at VW for battery cells: "It's unusual for the top dogs to be down 2-0."

Foto: Julian Stratenschulte / picture alliance / dpa