What we see in terms of emissions standards is that they are getting tougher and tougher, and it is getting more and more expensive to meet those standards. As a result, we see a cost line crossing between battery-electric vehicles and diesels. Some of the strategists in our company see that by 2023, 2025, due to the emissions standards for diesel, diesels engines are going to become really expensive. We expect that when those two lines cross, this will be the time when huge pressure comes on diesel. 

—  Matthias Erb, Executive Vice President, Engineering and Planning, Volkswagen Group of America

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