Teslas Musk dials into the Volkswagen administration convention


© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Herbert Diess, CEO of the German automobile manufacturer Volkswagen AG, poses in an ID.3 pre-series prototype during the presentation of Volkswagen's new electric car on the eve of the Frankfurt International Motor Show IAA in Frankfurt on September 9.


FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Tesla (NASDAQ:) – After an invitation from the CEO of the German automobile manufacturer Herbert Diess, who wants to mobilize VW's top stage for a faster switch to electrical engineering, boss Elon Musk made a video call to 200 executives from Volkswagen (DE 🙂 agile vehicles.

Musk's comments on Thursday about a VW manager meeting in Alpbach, Austria, confirmed by Diess via Twitter (NYSE 🙂 on Saturday after a report in the daily Handelsblatt Praise for VW as an "icon" and Tesla's greatest challenger, said the Handelsblatt.

When asked by Diess why Tesla is more agile than its competitors, Musk said it depends on his management style and that he's primarily an engineer with an eye for supply chains, logistics and manufacturing.

In a LinkedIn post, Diess added that he had brought Musk with him as a "surprise guest" to clarify the point that VW needed faster decisions and less bureaucracy for what he called the biggest transformation in VW history.

"I am pleased to hear that even our strongest competitor is of the opinion that the transition will succeed if we push ahead with the change with full force," said Diess on LinkedIn.

As an example of Tesla's skills, Diess said it only took the rival two to three weeks to rewrite the software to allow for a change from one type of microchip that was out of stock to another.

Diess said in his Saturday tweet that VW, which emerged as Tesla's main contender for the global supremacy of electric vehicles, will continue its dialogue with Tesla.

"We will visit you in Grünheide soon," said the managing director.

Diess warned last month that the planned opening of Tesla's auto factory in Grünheide near Berlin, the first in Europe, will force local industries to step up their battle against the fast-growing US electric vehicle maker.

Tesla is waiting for the final building permit for the 5.8 billion euro German location.

VW, in turn, plans to build six large battery factories in Europe by 2030 as part of an all-in bet on electromobility.

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