Thomas Weber, Elon Musk, Uli Kösters.

thomas-weber“Lithium sulphur will be the next step after lithium ion, followed perhaps by lithium air. Lithium sulphur is comparable to lithium ion but lithium air will be a completely different world.”

A world that could become a reality by 2020, Mercedes’ head of development Thomas Weber believes. Cars like the B-Class ED could by then easily go 250 miles on one charge, Weber adds.

Elon-Musk-Twitter“We have had a number of inquiries from other car companies and we’ve told them to go ahead and use them. I’m glad they are getting serious about electric cars. And they should.”

Said Tesla CEO Elon Musk when asked about what happened after he made most of his company’s patents available. While Musk did not go into further detail, it is known that BMW as well as Nissan approached the company.

anonym“I believe the plug-in take-up in Europe is not quite as ready as some people would like to think, but it is clearly a technology that can do a lot better at significantly reducing fuel consumption and that is why we are actively looking at it.”

Uli Kösters, Ford’s vehicle line director for large cars in Europe, says the manufacturer considers bringing its plug-in hybrids to the continent. At the moment, plug-in hybrid variants of the Fusion and C-Max are only being sold in the States.


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