VW CEO wants you to consider biking more?

Volkswagen top executive Herbert Diess believes bicycles are essential to urban ‘mobility mix’

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Volkswagen chief executive Herbert Diess said cars will only have a future in city centers if the bicycle is a key part of the way people get around.

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“Cycling is fun, healthy and good for the environment,” the managing director of Europe’s largest car maker said on Twitter on Wednesday, adding to recent statements focused on the environment. “Overcrowded urban centers will only accept cars – even with zero emissions – if bicycles have enough room in the mobility mix.”

The tweet, which is part of a LinkedIn post promoting a plan to allow workers at VW headquarters in Wolfsburg to cycle to factory premises on their way to work, drew reactions mixed. “Do you want to sell cars or bikes? One comment read, while others praised the manager’s progressiveness.

Diess’ comments are in line with his plea for a new German government to include climate reforms in its agenda, after the automaker presented the industry’s most ambitious electrification targets earlier this year.

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Posting on Twitter a day after the election, the 62-year-old sketched out a 10-point wishlist that included calls to develop renewable energy, cut coal, raise the price of CO2 and remove subsidies for gasoline and diesel fuel.

VW’s namesake brand has announced plans to stop selling combustion cars in Europe between 2033 and 2035, followed by the United States and China at a later stage. VW’s luxury brand Audi sees continued demand for combustion engines in China beyond 2033, but intends to eliminate them in other markets by then.

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