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As the election approaches, Germany’s carmakers will face the same challenges as its new leaders: a need to innovate, tackle climate change and reassess its trade relationship with China. How this world-renowned motor industry navigates the road ahead could tell a lot about Germany’s future.
00:00 - Germany faces numerous challenges
00:49 - Can Germany’s cars reveal its future? (or whatever the title is)
02:13 - Is Germany too reliant on trade with China?
03:46 - Germany’s reluctance to digitalise
05:09 - The race to go electric
06:41 - The future of electric cars
08:17 - What’s in store for Germany’s new leader?
Read our special report about Germany after Angela Merkel: https://econ.st/3Cuw3Pj
Find all of our analysis of Germany’s upcoming election: https://econ.st/3hQ0Zl9
View all our Europe section for all our coverage: https://econ.st/2ZgMqkb
The Economist Explains: How do Germany’s elections work? https://econ.st/3hS6aB3
German voters face a bewildering array of possible coalitions: https://econ.st/3nS5dwq
The warring parties’ plans for Germany’s economy are full of holes: https://econ.st/3Ewl7Tf
Why Climate change will feature heavily in Germany’s election: https://econ.st/3hM3Knu
Why German cars have the most to lose from a changing auto industry: https://econ.st/3EDZnF4
How new means of getting from A to B are disrupting carmaking: https://econ.st/3ClVz9o
Who will rule the Teslaverse? https://econ.st/3hS5mMx
Read about the new 800V electric cars that will recharge in half the time: https://econ.st/3lAivuM
What the million-mile battery means for electric cars: https://econ.st/3nPV5nP
Old electric cars are a raw material of the future: https://econ.st/3lG23sP
Read about Volkswagen’s plans for electric cars: https://econ.st/3lEmkPK
Listen to “The Economist Asks” podcast with Herbert Diess, chief executive of Volkswagen, about electric cars: https://econ.st/3CtU1dn”