VW’s £1bn bid to lead the charge in electric vehicle production

VW’s £1bn bid to lead the charge in electric vehicle production

Volkswagen hopes investment in its Zwickau plant – where Trabants were once built – will put dieselgate to rest

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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