Is there only bad news from the industry? That’s not true. After the successful cooperation with Toyota on the Supra and Z4, BMW is planning a larger cooperation with the Japanese: for fuel cell/hydrogen cars. It won’t last until the middle of the decade, but it’s working. Two-thirds of the annual production of the VW ID.Buzz, which isn’t even in the dealer’s yet, is already sold out. The problem here is more that this year VW only manages to build 15,000 of the electric buses; there could, there must be more.
And that brings us to the next point: If the transformation is to succeed, Europe must finally build more of its own batteries. The figures from a study by the management consultancy PwC make me think: According to the information, almost 30 percent of the electric cars sold worldwide are built in Europe today. That’s good for now. Nevertheless, “only 10 percent of the world’s battery cells are manufactured here, less than 1 percent of the active materials such as graphite, nickel, lithium, manganese and cobalt are produced here and about 1 percent of these active materials are processed”.
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The new AUTO BILD 34/2022: Here are all the topics
NEW HITS Monterey Car Week 2022: Audi’s Sphere studies • Bentley Batur: The e-future of the British • Bugatti Mistral, Aston Martin DBR22, Lamborghini Urus facelift and more MESSAGES Greener deliver: hydrogen trucks • E-car purchase even without funding • How To Cars mourns Diether Rodatz TESTING & TECHNOLOGY Station wagons with adventure charm: Audi A4 allroad against Mercedes C-Class All-Terrain and Volvo V60 Cross Country • News from the endurance test • How much SUV does it have to be? We check three pairs from Seat, VW and Porsche • Kia Niro EV in the first test • Comparison test: Refreshed Ford Focus ST against Hyundai i30 N Performance • Everyday relationship: Tesla Model 3 • Used car: VW T6 Multivan. PLUS: engine problems on the T5 REPORTS Sidney Hoffmann: The PS professional moderates How To Cars – THE MAGAZINE • Mini Aceman: The Pokémon car • Indi EV One: How game developers are planning an electric car SERVICE Seven infant carriers in the test • If you rent your car, you can reduce costs: what you need to look out for • Damage in the car wash HEADINGS Green Track Award: The winners • Motorsport: Dragster races • Promotion: Etrusco Vanlife Days • Extra tour: Mercedes-AMG One.