As the dust gradually settles on the fallout of the Dieselgate scandal, Volkswagen appears to have come out swinging. The Volkswagen Group will leapfrog American electric car maker Tesla over the next eight years, claims Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess, in a Financial Times report.

“Anything Tesla can do, we can surpass. We are confident that in this new world, we will become a market leader,” Diess was quoted as saying. The German automaker’s MEB modular electric vehicle architecture enables it to build EVs to a cost advantage that Tesla is unlikely to achieve, Diess added.

Diess also suggested that because Tesla started as a luxury car maker with the Model S and the Model X, the American EV manufacturer would face challenges in economical manufacture for the mass market. On the larger scale front, Tesla will be bringing its Model 3 sedan to market in July, a marketplace Volkswagen intends to contest. In total, VW aims to launch over 30 EVs by 2025.

“It’s our ambition, with our new architecture, to stop them there, to rein them in,” Diess said, which is set to happen when Volkswagen’s first dedicated electric vehicle model reaches production before the turn of the decade. It’s an ambition which perhaps isn’t too far-fetched, considering the brand managed to sell a record 10.3 million cars last year, post-Dieselgate.

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