Dieter Zetsche, Chelsea Sexton, Roger Brown.
“You can reasonably say that nobody today is making a battery-powered vehicle that’s economically viable in its own right. Manufacturers will not see a return within a reasonable time on the billions they’re investing now.”
Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche notes that the carmaker put less effort in the design of its Mercedes B-Class ED, than BMW did in the i3. Also, using a Tesla drivetrain required less work than developing one in house.
“A decade back, no one looked at their original cassette player and said, ‘I wish I could watch TV on it and use it as a phone.'”
EV advocate and industry consultant Chelsea Sexton believes that as EVs become more popular, people will realize that they want something they could not have before. A phenomenon, she says, much like we saw with smartphones.
“We are talking with 5 total states in incentives and what states are good and bad. We will make the decision end of year or first of 2015. Wanxiang wants us to go to Delaware but we must decide on our own.”
Fisker president Roger Brown says the carmaker has yet to decide on a production site for the new Karma and Atlantic. Which states are being considered was not disclosed.