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The car goes electric into the future

In 2020, Volkswagen AG launched its major electric offensive with the ID.3 and the MEB modular e-drive system, and eight new e-cars will be commercialized in Switzerland in 2021 alone. Now the group is working on reducing the cost and complexity of the battery while increasing its range and performance so that e-mobility finally becomes affordable and the main drive technology. In addition, extensive investments are being made in the charging infrastructure and the energy ecosystem: A new unit cell and synergies will reduce battery costs by up to 50 percent, six new gigafactories with a total of 240 GWh will meet battery demand. And the European charging network is to be increased five times to 18,000 fast-charging points together with partners. Thanks to the intelligent, bidirectional connection, e-vehicles will become part of the energy system in the future. Thomas Schmall, Member of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG, Technology Division, explains what this means and what efforts are necessary - whether this will work and what framework conditions must be met will be discussed by Prof. Dr. Christopher Onder of the ETH and Helmut Ruhl - Does the future belong to the electric car? - What framework conditions are needed? - Will we have different forms of drive in the future?

Thomas Schmall-von Westerholt

Westerholt Member of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG Engineering Division

Thomas Schmall is Member of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG for the Technology division and Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen Group Components, which is responsible for marketing Volkswagen kits to third parties, has cross-brand responsibility for the development, procurement and production of battery cells/systems and global responsibility for the topic of Charging and Energy.

Prof. Dr. Christopher Onder

Head of the Institute of Dynamical Systems and Control Engineering at ETH Zurich

Christopher Onder is Professor at the Institute of Dynamic Systems and Control Engineering in the Department of Mechanical and Process Engineering at ETH Zurich. He heads the Motor Systems Laboratory. His research focuses on the modelling, control and optimisation of motor systems, with an emphasis on experimental validation and industrial collaboration.

Helmut Ruhl


Helmut Ruhl has been with AMAG since 2017, first as CFO and since March 2021as CEO of the entire Group. He looks back on many years of experience in the automotive industry in various functions and countries. For AMAG, electromobility is an opportunity, but also means an adjustment of the previous field of activity.

Dino Graf


Dino Graf has been with AMAG since 1989 and is currently Head of Group Communication and Responsibility for the entire AMAG Group. He is also Chairman of the e'mobile specialist unit and on the Board of Electrosuisse. He has already moderated various events and appeared as a speaker or participant in discussion panels. Prior to this, he worked in the education sector.