MUNICH -- Joachim Milberg, BMW AG's supervisory board chairman, is considered the best candidate to lead Germany's planned national group to promote electric vehicles, according to industry sources.
The German government aims to put 1 million electric cars on Germany's roads by 2020 in a bid to become the world's top market for electric vehicles.
Milberg, a former BMW CEO, has not yet been offered the post to head the group to coordinate the effort.
He is active as an honorary professor and as BMW's supervisory board chair, so it's not clear that he would be available for new duties.
Milberg, 67, is the founding president of Acatech, the German academy of technological sciences, which advises the German government on technology.
The fact that Milberg no longer has an operational role at BMW is to his advantage as a candidate to lead the EV group.
Other former top executives tipped for the job include former Volkswagen AG CEO Bernd Pischetsrieder, former Mercedes-Benz CEO Juergen Hubbert and former SAP CEO Henning Kagermann.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel will announce the membership of the group, which will comprise industry executives, politicians and scientists, at a summit on electric vehicles on May 3 in Berlin.
Two issues for the new group are settled. VW executive Karl-Thomas Neumann will head the network's powertrain technology section and BASF management board member Andreas Kreimeyer will head the materials section.