Nov 10, 2014 - 09:18 am

Martin Winterkorn, Sae-Hoon Kim, Elon Musk.

martin-winterkorn“Lowering the price of battery cells to 100 euros (124 dollars) per kilowatt hour would significantly increase the market potential of electric vehicles. And if we also improve reliability and battery lifespan, customer acceptance will grow fast.”

Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn sees great potential for solid-state batteries, which possibly could boost EV range to as much as 700 km (435 miles). If the nickel content is increased, Li-ion batteries could also benefit from a higher energy density.

Sae-Hoon-Kim“It is under discussion about which will be the next fuel cell model, and when, but it is not true that Hyundai is the fuel-cell company while Kia is for electric vehicles.”

According to Sae-Hoon Kim, head of research and development for fuel cell vehicles at Hyundai-Kia, battery and fuel cell technologies are meant for both companies. But as long as volumes are still low, Hyundai and Kia do not want to compete.

Elon-Musk-Twitter“Part of the reason why we don’t release the monthly deliveries number is just because it varies quite a lot by region and the media tends to read all sorts of nonsense into the deliveries.”

Elon Musk explains why Tesla doesn´t publish its sales figures on a monthly basis. He had been asked during an investment call, if he ever planned to do so.


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