The new AUTO BILD 28/2022

If EVs don’t get cheaper, “the market will collapse,” Arnaud Deboeuf, head of production at Stellantis, told Bloomberg. It’s not just here that funding is controversial. And actually, all cars are now too expensive – you, dear readers, notice it again and again in my case. Undisputed: For 50,000 euros there is a really good car. But hey, that used to be 100,000 marks. And even if the vast majority of people don’t pay for their car in cash, the sums are a deterrent.

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Batteries are what make e-cars expensive. And the desire for more range doesn’t make them smaller either. Stellantis CEO Carlos Tavares believes the industry will face battery and raw material shortages in the coming years. That’s what VW CEO Herbert Diess thinks too: “The bottleneck in Europe and elsewhere could be batteries and battery cell factories from the middle of the decade,” he told the “Süddeutsche Zeitung”. And BMW? According to CEO Oliver Zipse, the risks with batteries do not lie in production or the supplier structure, but in the supply of raw materials.

Tom Drechsler

How To Cars Editor-in-Chief Tom Drechsler.

That’s why it makes sense to set up your own battery production. But it is of no use if the raw materials belong to someone else.

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The new AUTO BILD 28/2022: Here are all the topics

NEW HITS The legend is alive: We drive the new Lamborghini Countach • First drive: Kia Niro plug-in hybrid • Nissan Qashqai e-Power: How the petrol electric vehicle drives • VW Amarok, Ford Bronco, Jaguar C-Type, Aiways U5, Renault R5 MESSAGES Mobile phone at the wheel: Rhineland-Palatinate is testing new monitoring technology • Mahle is developing a durable electric motor • Column: “America, you drive me crazy” TESTING & TECHNOLOGY Seven times electric against combustion engines: What you drive better now • Reasonable: Polestar 2 and VW ID.5 • Everyday relationship: Tesla Model 3 • Endurance test balance: Mercedes A-Class • Used cars: BMW 3 Series REPORTS How To Cars tests the 1-euro camping: how to do it, what to look out for • Queen Elizabeth II: With scepter and customs tool SERVICE Workshop test: Audi in the gold rush • Product test special: seven coolers plus mobile phone holders for cars and bicycles HEADINGS Motor sport: Rallye E-xtreme • Action: like2drive • Extra tour: Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS.

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