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VW is "second mover" in electric commercial vehicles - exec

VW is "second mover" in electric commercial vehicles - exec
From Reuters - September 17, 2017

FRANKFURT, Sept 17 (Reuters) - Volkswagen is a second mover in electrified commercial vehicles, after lagging companies such as Tesla and Deutsche Post DHL in putting them on the road, the head of VWs trucks business told a German newspaper.

He said Volkswagen had emissions-free alternatives to conventional trucks and buses on offer.

But maybe the German manufacturers were too slow. It could be, German daily Tagesspiegel quoted Andreas Renschler, who is also a member of Volkswagens group management board, as saying in an interview published on its website on Sunday.

Truck manufacturers such as Tesla, Daimler and Navistar International Corp are racing to overcome the challenges of substituting batteries for diesel engines as regulators crack down on carbon dioxide and soot pollution.

Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk tweeted on Wednesday that the Silicon Valley company would show off a prototype of an electric semi-trailer truck on Oct. 26.

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