Tesla’s Musk dials into Volkswagen executive conference

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FRANKFURT, Oct 16 (Reuters) – Tesla (TSLA.O) boss Elon Musk has addressed 200 Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE) executives by way of a video name after an invite from the German carmaker’s CEO Herbert Diess, who desires to galvanise VW’s high brass for a quicker pivot to electrical automobiles.

The feedback on Thursday by Musk to a VW managers gathering in Alpbach, Austria, confirmed by Diess by way of Twitter on Saturday after a report in Handelsblatt each day, included reward of VW for being an “icon” and Tesla’s biggest challenger, Handelsblatt stated.

The paper stated that when requested by Diess why Tesla was extra nimble than its rivals, Musk stated it got here all the way down to his administration fashion and that he’s an engineer, to start with, and has an eye fixed for provide chains, logistics and manufacturing.

In a submit on Linkedin, Diess added that he had introduced in Musk as a “surprise guest” to drive dwelling the purpose that VW wants quicker selections and fewer paperwork for what he known as the most important transformation in VW’s historical past.

“Happy to hear that even our strongest competitor thinks that we will succeed (in) the transition if we drive the transformation with full power,” Diess stated on Linkedin.

As an instance of Tesla’s prowess, Diess stated it took the rival solely two to 3 weeks to rewrite software program to permit for a change from one sort of microchip, which went out of inventory, to a different.

Diess stated in his Saturday tweet that VW, which has emerged as the principle contender to Tesla for world electrical car supremacy, would proceed its dialogue with Tesla.

“We will visit you soon in Gruenheide,” the CEO stated.

Diess warned final month that the deliberate opening of Tesla’s automobile manufacturing unit at Gruenheide close to Berlin, the corporate’s first in Europe, will pressure native trade to step up its recreation towards the fast-growing U.S. electrical car maker. learn extra

Tesla is awaiting closing constructing approval for the 5.8 billion euro ($6.8 billion) German web site. learn extra

VW, in flip, plans to construct six massive battery factories in Europe by 2030 as a part of an all-in wager on electrical mobility. learn extra

Reporting by Ludwig Burger; Editing by David Holmes

SpaceX founder and Tesla CEO Elon Musk looks on as he visits the construction site of Tesla's gigafactory in Gruenheide, near Berlin, Germany, May 17, 2021. REUTERS/Michele Tantussi/File Photo

Herbert Diess, CEO of German carmaker Volkswagen AG, poses in an ID.3 pre-production prototype during the presentation of Volkswagen's new electric car on the eve of the International Frankfurt Motor Show IAA in Frankfurt, Germany September 9, 2019. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay/File Photo

SpaceX founder and Tesla CEO Elon Musk looks on as he visits the construction site of Tesla's gigafactory in Gruenheide, near Berlin, Germany, May 17, 2021. REUTERS/Michele Tantussi/File Photo

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