Antihero to zero: VW rises from ‘dieselgate’ to lead charge on electric vehicles

Antihero to zero: VW rises from ‘dieselgate’ to lead charge on electric vehicles

Volkswagen embraces the future with €35bn investment, including in its Zwickau plant

Two bronze statues that guard the entrance to Zwickau train station in Saxony tell the tale of Germany’s struggle to wean itself off fossil fuels.

A crouching miner cradles a lamp in a nod to the lignite, a particularly dirty form of coal, that was dug from this part of former East Germany, fuelling its factories and power stations. His companion, an engineer, represents the car industry that dominates Germany’s industrial heartland.

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