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Australia: Electric car demand so low VW won’t import

AUSTRALIA has stalled on the electric vehicle starting grid and will miss out on the new wave of cars coming from Volkswagen, as the carmaker’s local operation says there is insufficient demand.

The German giant rolled out its first battery cars, the e-Golf and e-Up, at the Frankfurt motor show this week and set a bold goal of being market leader in electric mobility by 2018.

With Volkswagen due to have 14 pure electric or hybrid cars on sale by next year, “no other automaker can match the broad range we have to offer”, said chief executive Martin Winterkorn.

It was starting its push “at exactly the right time” because the technology was mature.

“The electric car cannot be a compromise on wheels; it must convince customers in every respect,” Mr Winterkorn said.
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