Green development and the promotion of new energy vehicles (NEVs) have always been key focal points for Guangdong over recent years.
In an interview with Newsgd.com, Dr. Jochem Heizmann, a Member of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG, highlighted innovation, digitalization, education and international exchange when talking about cooperation with Guangdong.
Dr. Jochem Heizmann was here to attend the International Consultative Conference on the Future Economic Development of Guangdong Province (ICCFED) on Sept 21, during which he gave suggestions to the Governor of Guangdong on the development of the province.
Volkswagen is one of the old friends of the conference. The enterprise and its representative, Dr. Jochem Heizmann, have participated in three consecutive ICCFED since 2013.
Governor Ma Xingrui met Prof. Jochem Heizmann, member of the board of management of Volkswagen AG.[Photo\ICCFED office]
Newsgd.com: What suggestions has Volkswagen provided to the Guangdong government?
Dr. Heizmann: The auto industry as well as the whole of society are now facing a wide range of challenges, such as digitalization, artificial intelligence, environmental challenges and the rise of self-driving cars... To keep innovating, our suggestions for the ICCFED include 5 major points:
First is to establish think tanks to create even more outside-the-box thinking and advice.
Second, since future mobility is about more than the production of new electric vehicles. We also need to take into account customer demands, a sustainable power supply, an established charging infrastructure and a sufficient supply chain open to all suppliers.
Third, the improvement of living standards for all through smart urban planning, including autonomously driven cars and convenient mobility services.
Fourth, nurture future innovation through advanced technical and environmental education, which will also further secure employment and upskill future-proof jobs.
Fifth, have a dependable and predictable regulatory framework, protection of intellectual property, open access to the market, a level playing field and fair and open competition, since these are the prerequisites of all further high-tech developments.