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BERLIN (Reuters) – Volkswagen expects its electrical auto business to be as profitable as its fossil gasoline-burning cars and trucks sooner than prepared, its main government Herbert Diess explained on Thursday.

Volkswagen formerly envisioned to match its earnings margins from combustion engine autos with electric powered car or truck revenue in two to a few years, but the carmaker was in a sturdy money situation to do so sooner, Diess explained, irrespective of a difficult economic atmosphere.

“We anticipate that the e-mobility business enterprise will be as financially rewarding as the combustion engine enterprise earlier than planned,” Diess mentioned, speaking alongside the rest of the board at the carmaker’s yearly shareholder meeting.

“Through excellent disaster administration, we are fiscally robust and have strengthened our resilience.”

Diess intends for Volkswagen to overtake Tesla and grow to be the world’s variety-a person electric carmaker by 2025, setting up on its even bigger solution presenting masking luxurious and high quality vehicles and volume brand names.

Volkswagen shipped some 452,000 battery-electric powered automobiles globally previous 12 months and aims for 50 percent of its global output to be all-electrical by 2030. It plans to build 800,000 completely electric powered cars and trucks throughout the world this yr and 1.3 million in 2023, it reported on Thursday.

Costs may need to raise further this yr amid growing raw materials fees, procurement chief Murat Aksel explained.

Diess also claimed he considered the timing was suitable for an preliminary community presenting (IPO) of athletics carmaker Porsche, which is prepared for the fourth quarter of this year.

A final conclusion on no matter if Porsche would enter Formula 1 was even now exceptional, the sporting activities carmaker’s main Oliver Blume said.

Volkswagen stated in April that it and the Porsche and Audi brands were open to coming into the international racing course, but Diess reported last week there had been some divisions between the board but that the makes had in the end produced the situation for the shift.

(Reporting by Victoria Waldersee, Enhancing by Rachel More and Emelia Sithole-Matarise)

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