None of that takes away from the fact that they've already accomplished more than Ford in EVs, and have far more ambitious plans than Ford. People still go to BP stations after the Deepwater Horizon, people still buy GMs after the ignition switch and bailouts. Consumers have the memories of goldfish. The reason VW is making BEVs is irrelevant - they're successfully transitioning away from engines and Ford is not.You know why VW jumped in right. You know VW came to ford asking to partner right. You know that kinda had to make up for a lot of things they did and promised by going electric. More of they had to then they wanted to.
If Ford is fine selling just a few hundred thousand EVs a year to meet bare minimum regulatory compliance and let VW sell millions of EVs a year, that's *a* strategy, sure. Not one that I'd invest in.