These electric cars are more likely to compete with Tesla.

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The famous fugitive auto industry CEO, Carlos Ghosn, said he believes German automakers are the best to challenge Tesla is the leader in electric cars.

Ghosn spoke from Lebanon, where he is currently residing after fleeing Japan following investigations into financial irregularities, and while he was heading Nissan, referring to Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen specifically during an interview on Friday with “CNBC”, which was seen by “Al Arabiya.” .net”.

“In my opinion, it will be a German company,” Ghosn said. He added, “The Germans are the first to move quickly towards electric cars, after the criticism and ridicule of this industry in 2008.”

Ghosn, who is promoting a new book titled “Broken Alliances: Inside the Rise and Fall of a Global Car Empire,” said Japanese automakers have been slow to move toward electric cars, and it will hurt them. He did not mention General Motors or Ford Motor, both of which are investing billions in electric vehicle technologies.

Volkswagen has been particularly aggressive in expanding its electric sales globally. The German automaker expects that more than 70 percent of European sales of its Volkswagen brand will be electric cars by 2030. In the United States and China, it expects half of its sales to be electric cars by that time frame.

Regarding the recent boom in electric car startups, Ghosn said he believed many companies “will thrive as long as they work together”. None of them are mentioned by name, but some of the more well-known companies include Rivian and Lucid, Fisker and Lordstown Motors.

“I am very optimistic about some startups shifting towards electric and self-driving cars,” Ghosn said.

On the other hand, Ghosn, his escape from Japan, justified his insistence on his innocence, that he “had no chance” of getting a fair trial.

He secretly fled the country on December 29, 2019 with the help of Michael Taylor and his son Peter Taylor, who were arrested by US authorities in the spring of 2020 and extradited to Japan in March.

When asked about the Taylors, Ghosn reiterated concerns about the Japanese legal system and their high conviction rates. “I feel especially bad for them, and for everyone who is going through these circumstances, especially if they are a foreigner,” he said.

Ghosn was initially arrested in Japan for financial misconduct and misuse of company resources in November 2018.



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