Volkswagen’s new CEO Oliver Blume announced his plans to double down on electric vehicles, just after he takes the position in the company. In an internal interview, Blume said that the automaker will accelerate its EV transition as customers prefer electric vehicles as well. His first official day was notable due to the announcement.
Blume took over as CEO of Volkswagen after the automaker’s former leader, Herbert Diess, announced he would be stepping down at the end of August. Diess was elected to VW’s board in 2015 after an extensive career with BWM that lasted almost 20 years; likewise, Blume has deep roots in the auto industry.
He studied mechanical engineering at the Technical University of Braunschweig in 1988, one of the most highly regarded German research institutes. Blume was then appointed to the international trainee program at Audi, where he established his career.
Mr. Blume held various roles in body construction and engineering through the early 2000s – he then worked his into VW’s high-performance luxury division, Porsche, joining the executive board of production and logistics in 2013. Within two years, Blume was promoted to CEO and chairman of the executive board at Porsche. And in 2018, he was appointed to VW’s management board. After working his way up in Volkswagen’s luxury units, Olivers is now taking over as CEO of the largest automaker in Europe. Meanwhile, VW has found success in the lucrative EV market despite supply constraints crippling the industry.
The auto group led the EV market in Europe and was second in the US (behind EV leader Tesla). VW claims the launch of the all-electric ID.4 was the “brand’s rebirth.” Volkswagen currently leads the way in EV and battery investments as it gears up for the auto industry’s transition. Earlier this year, VW laid out its NEW AUTO strategy, which includes plans to become a “sustainable and software-driven mobility provider” with 50% EV sales by 2030.
It looks like Volkswagen isn’t planning to let up on the gas (pun intended) as demand for EVs skyrockets across all major markets.
The automaker’s new CEO, Oliver Blume, has his sights set on the future. He explains at an internal interview on his first day on the job, “I am a fan of e-mobility and I stand by this path … we will keep the current pace and, where possible, increase it.”
Despite outside concerns over whether Blume will continue his predecessor’s aggressive transition to EVs, initial reports suggest he will only accelerate it. The new CEO also reassured EVs remain a primary topic at Porsche, which aims for 80% electric sales by 2030. The brand known for its high-performance luxury vehicles is seeing strong demand for electric models after launching the Porsche Taycan EV.