German carmakers urged to challenge Tesla by senior Merkel aide

Following the diesel-emissions scandal, Chancellor Angela Merkel's chief of staff urges German auto manufacturers to invest in the development of electric cars to compete with Tesla.

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German automakers must invest more in electric vehicles and take on Elon Musk's Tesla Inc., Chancellor Angela Merkel's chief of staff said Saturday.

Peter Altmaier said he was thoroughly disappointed by German auto executives following the diesel-emissions scandal and that he was also thinking about the future of the 600,000 employees in the industry.

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