Alain Uyttenhoven, Jeff Guyton, Elon Musk.
“Paris is planning to ban diesels from the city centre and in France three quarters of cars are diesels, so we will see big changes coming. For us, [petrol] hybrid is the answer.”
Alain Uyttenhoven, head of Lexus Europe, predicts that as it becomes more expensive to purify a diesel car, these engines will cost a lot more in the future.
“We might all wake up tomorrow and find somebody has invented the greatest way to create electricity and the greatest way to carry it around with you. But in the absence of that, we are taking what we think is the most rational approach, which is to get the most out of every drop of gasoline.”
Mazda Motor Europe’s president and CEO Jeff Guyton says that while he does believe that electrification will be part of the future, it is at this point not a viable concept for Mazda to bet on.
“Whatever we build out for the Gigafactory has to work at least at the lab level this year because we’re making monster investments in equipment, and there’s a certain amount of time – a year or two at least – from working at the lab level to working at small-scale production.”
Tesla CEO Elon Musk is not worried about a “breakthrough” battery technology to steal the show before his Gigafactory is up and running.