Mike Tinskey, Shiro Nakamura, Ulrich Hackenberg.
“Ford believes that offering a range of electrified vehicles is the best way to reduce CO2 emissions, deliver leading fuel economy across our lineup and meet different customers’ transportation needs. To do this, we are electrifying global vehicle lines rather than creating a single, special electrified vehicle model.”
Mike Tinskey is Ford’s director of vehicle electrification and infrastructure. He finally came round to publish a response to Tesla’s provocative thesis, which stated that big car companies were too rigid to make a smooth transition to EVs.
“It’s not just at the concept level. We are making serious progress with in-wheel motors; cost is becoming less of an issue, and at a certain point we would like to use in-wheel motors.”
Nissan’s Head of Design, Shiro Nakamura, on the possibility of in-wheel motors for new electric vehicles, which he believes to become a USP in the future.
“Instead of 215 kilometres, technical innovation will enable us to hit the 400-kilometre mark. Furthermore, battery prices are falling.”
Ulrich Hackenberg, Audi’s chief-developer, on the hybrid super-car R8 e-tron, which will most probably go into small scale production after all.
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