— This is the script of CNBC's news report for China's CCTV on September 12, Tuesday.
At the opening of the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, regardless of the newly-released car models or concepts, the most concerned development for giant car-makers is the transition from traditional gasoline and diesel powered cars to natural gas and electric powered cars. At the same time, self-driving cars are also making headlines.
At the show, Audi released a new dual fuel system car, the Audi A4 Avant G-Tron. This hybrid model will run on "natural gas + gasoline" and can go up 950km. At the same time, Audi Elaine was also introduced. The highlight of this model is its ability to achieve level 4 autonomous driving.
In an interview with CNBC, Robert Stadler, CEO of Audi, said he will continue to push for the development of smart cars. By 2025, it is expected that 30% to 35% of Audi's production vehicles will become fully-electric. In addition, there will also be more variety of styles.
[Rupert Stadler, AUDI CEO] "I would say that the German car industry has invested in the last few months and years a lot intellectual ability starting with a plug in hybrid strategies that everybody is in. And now step by step coming up with really go to electrum mobility cars. So battery electric vehicles are starting with a pure electric car next year because an SUV with a range of 500 kilometers and it is a nice car a very emotional range and I would say this is a good starting point and then I would say at least one additional car year and year will come to the market."
And that is Audi's goal before 2025. For other car companies, 2025 is also an important milestone for development of electric cars.
For example, Matthias Mueller, CEO of Volkswagen revealed to CNBC that electric cars will then make up at least a quarter of the Volkswagen production line, and by 2030, all 300 Volkswagen models will be electric.
On the other hand, BMW's luxury models are also ready to going electric. At the motor show, BMW announced that by this fall, BMW will put a total of 10 electric vehicle products in the world with nine of them being electric cars, the last one being an electric scooter. Also, 100,000 BMW electric vehicles will be delivered to customers this year and the BMW's goal in 2025 is to provide 25 electric car models, of which 12 are fully-electric.
Ian Robertson, BMW's board member, told CNBC that policy support from the government is crucial when the giant car-makers are moving towards electric and automated driving. Citing the Norwegian government as an example, he said that the local government's decision to promote the development of electric vehicles has resulted in them to enjoy better business and transportation policies.
For example, there are financial supports from the government and bus lanes access for electric cars. As a result, electric cars make up 25% of Norway's car market.
[Ian Robertson, Member of the Board, BMW] "If the German government had done the same whatever five six years ago then in Germany now you would be well on route to this you know challenge of a million cars on the road. So governments are really at this stage in the development making a big difference. And we see that where our market is strong and we see big percentages and then other markets which are just developing."
With the numerous major car companies entering the market of electric car and automated driving, it is likely that in the years to come, the market will face more intense competition and consumers will also see cheaper and more varied electric car options. We will continue to keep watch.
CNBC's Qian Chen reporting from Singapore.