Thursday, 09 July 2020 19:00

Tesla Not Ahead in Lithium-Ion Battery Tech, Says Audi CEO: ‘We’re Catching Up’

Written by Simon Alvarez, Teslarati


There are very few automakers in the market today as serious about electric car battery tech as Tesla.

Over the years, Tesla has been hard at work improving its batteries, and as the company heads towards its highly anticipated Battery Day event, it is becoming more and more evident the electric car maker is one of, if not the, leader in lithium-ion batteries for electric cars. 


That is, of course, if one does not ask Audi CEO Markus Duesmann. In a recent talk with German magazine Focus.de, the Audi CEO, together with Bavaria’s Prime Minister Markus Söder, talked about the advent of electric mobility, the end of gas powered cars and up and coming automakers like Tesla. 


Both the prime minister and the Audi CEO noted the pandemic will likely accelerate change in the auto industry. With the world having been shaken by the virus, Germany actually has a chance to recapture some of the market it has lost to other automakers. The country’s car industry, after, all is in a crisis, with 46% of employees still on short-time work as of June. 


To accomplish this, Söder noted it would be necessary for the country’s auto industry to take a “real quantum leap.”


“The time of the classic humming-humming car with a lot of horsepower is over,” he said.


Duesmann, for his part, noted mobility can only be solved with technology, and digitization must be driven forward. 


With the talk surrounding next generation vehicles powered by sustainable solutions, the moderator of the talk asked the Audi CEO and the prime minister if Tesla has already overtaken Germany’s best.


To this question, Duesmann had a ready retort. The CEO stated he does not see Tesla being ahead in lithium-ion battery tech at all. With this, it would not be long before Germany’s automakers catch up.


“We’re catching up with seven-mile boots,” Duesmann said. 

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