Just don't expect Daimler to lean on the government, whichever power source comes out on top. Zetsche likes Germany's goal of 1 million EVs on the road by 2020, but he doesn't believe that subsidies (such as tax breaks in the US) are the way to make that happen. They represent a short-term "bridging function" that won't last long, he says. While it's doubtful that Zetsche will turn down discounts that come his way, he's clearly putting more trust in technological solutions.
This piece by Jon Fingas originally appeared on Engadget, the definitive guide to this connected life.