Quotes of the day

09-22-2017

Wang Chuanfu, Joerg Hofmann.


“We are very confident about all the timetables (to eliminate fossil fuel cars) and we think it will happen earlier than expected.”

BYD CEO Wang Chuanfu expects there to be no more gas guzzlers on China’s roads by 2030. The government in Beijing considers to ban sales of ICE entirely.
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“Politicians have a responsibility, too. Without the right infrastructure with charging stations, sustainable power production, storage and distribution, a rollout won’t succeed.”

Joerg Hofmann, chief of German trade union IG Metall, seeks the government’s support to smoothen the electric transition rather than simply forcing the ICE out.
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Quotes of the day

09-21-2017

Akio Toyoda, JB Straubel.


“We’re not thinking about deciding that now it must be EVs, and we’ll only do EVs.”

Toyota’s President Akio Toyoda is convinced that the customers’ choice will determine which technology will gain ground in the long term. Hybrids will thus stay in the centre of Toyota’s future strategy.
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“They are starting to look a lot like convenience stops. It’s amazing how quickly things are evolving.”

Tesla CTO JB Straubel sees the company’s superchargers already as the heart of what he calls “convenience stops”: locations where people can eat, drink and go to the bathroom while they wait for their car to be recharged.
electrek.co


Quotes of the day

09-20-2017

Harald Krüger, Chris Gubbey.


“BMW can’t invest into the future if you don’t have any free trade agreements.”

BMW’s decision to build its electric Mini in the UK is not irreversible. CEO Harald Krueger says that in the case of a hard Brexit without free trade deal, the carmaker might look for alternatives abroad.
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“We’re very keen to see the negotiations proceed in the direction of maintaining the current situation, without additional tariffs. I don’t think anybody has a truly effective Plan B.”

Also, the London Electric Vehicle Company awaits first results of the Brexit negotiations. CEO Chris Gubbey hopes that they will not jeopardise the company’s target to export half of the electric black cabs made in England by 2020.
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Quotes of the day

09-19-2017

Maroš Šefčovič, Andreas Renschler.


“We need an Airbus for batteries.”

Says EU commissioner Maroš Šefčovič, and proposes an alliance of European firms for battery production. He even promised public funds if need be.
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“Maybe the German manufacturers were too slow.”

Head of VW’s trucks business, Andreas Renschler, is having second thoughts and went as far as saying VW was a “second mover” when it comes to electrification. So far, Tesla and Deutsche Post have beaten the group to it.
autonews.com


Quotes of the day

09-18-2017

Thomas Goettle, Ralf Speth.


“Carmakers need to pick one death.”

Said Thomas Goettle, head of PA Consulting’s automotive team, who believes the three German carmakers will either have to face fines for not complying with emission regulation and thus lose any claim on technological leadership or “they need to swallow the higher cost of electric cars.”
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“Where is the network of charging points that we will be required? Indeed where is the power and the grid?”

Wonders Jaguar Land Rover CEO Ralf Speth and is calling on Britain to worry about its infrastructure prior to the intended mass-uptake of electric cars.
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Quotes of the day

09-15-2017

Harald Krueger, Roberto Vavassori.


“We’re sticking to our 8 to 10 percent goal and maintain this range, even when electric mobility becomes more widespread.”

BMW CEO Harald Krueger sticks to the Groups profit margin target (8 – 10% return on sales) even with the arrival of allegedly less profitable electric cars.
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“We need to provide a sensible transition period that doesn’t give unwanted gifts to our Chinese friends.”

Roberto Vavassori, president of the European Association of Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA), estimates European automakers pay 4,000-7,000 euros to China for batteries for every EV and warns to take the EVolution slowly to save jobs.
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Quotes of the day

09-14-2017

Herbert Diess, Ralf Speth.


“It would be desirable for the German and European industry to play a stronger role here.”

VW boss Herbert Diess cautiously calls out to fellow carmakers on the continent to look into a joint production of battery cells at an industrial scale.
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“I am absolutely confident we will see battery cars faster than anybody expected on the street and therefore all of the infrastructures will catch up.”

Says Jaguar Land Rover CEO Ralf Speth and we got nothing more to add other then: depends on whose expectations one is looking at.
cnbc.com

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Quotes of the day

09-13-2017

Patrice Lucas, Herbert Diess.


“We are having some thoughts regarding ‘make or buy’ concerning the electric chain of motors, we will move the components part back to within the company, but not the battery chemicals part.”

Said PSA executive Patrice Lucas at the IAA. He wants to move production of crucial EV components back in house and also said a plan for Opel’s restructuring is due in November.
reuters.com

“It becomes complicated. The electric Up makes much more sense.”

VW boss Herbert Diess may put an end to the conventional Up in Europe, explaining that it will be “very hard” and expensive to decrease emission of small cars enough to meet the EU limits.
autocar.co.uk

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Quotes of the day

09-12-2017

Ken Kcomt, Julia Hildermeier.


“Our customers told us that affordability was their biggest issue. They’re not necessarily willing to pay for more range if they don’t need it. For 80 percent of EV buyers, 150 miles is a good number.”

In other words, range comes at a price, and one that Nissan Leaf customers are not willing to pay according to Ken Kcomt, Nissan’s director of product planning for passenger cars and sports cars.
autonews.com

“European carmakers should put their money where their mouth is and start focusing on clean cars rather than resurrecting the market for obsolete dirty diesel cars.”

Julia Hildermeier, Transport & Environment’s clean vehicles and e-mobility officer, who repeats the organisation’s call for more choice and better availability of EVs.
irishtimes.com

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Quotes of the day

09-11-2017

Hakan Samuelsson, Takeshi Uchiyamada.


“We bought it with this in mind. We have been working in secret preparing for this. That’s why we can already show the first cars [this autumn].”

Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson on the Polestar brand that the firm bought in 2015 – apparently already with the plan to make it into what he calls a “high performance electric brand focused on progressive performance.”
autonews.com

“In order for vehicles to be powered solely by batteries, we still need two or three more technological breakthroughs.”

Toyota Chairman Takeshi Uchiyamada here again exhibits his restrain when it comes to fully electric cars and would not say, when Toyota plans to join the all-electric club.
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