Carlos Ghosn, Osamu Masuko, Roland Hwang.
“Obviously, we feel better when the price of oil is higher than when the price of oil is lower. But it doesn’t change our strategy. We still think zero emission is a technology of the future and we’re going to need it.”
Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn believes that the carmaker would have still invested in electric mobility in 2006, if it had known that petrol prices would fall, because climate change is still a serious issue.
“We would like to realize an all-electric version of a minicar, which we are actually cooperating on with Nissan now. In the future, there will be technological innovations in the battery, which will bring costs down. That means there will be pure EV versions for both A-class and B-class vehicles.”
Osamu Masuko, CEO of Mitsubishi Motors Corp., talks about upcoming all-electric models. He also says this strategy applies to the Japanese and U.S. market and that Mitsubishi plans to make a PHEV version of its Pajero.
“We need both (BEVs and FCVs) for a number of reasons, and one is competition. They will push each other (and) right now we are seeing a healthy competition between the two technologies.”
Roland Hwang from the Natural Resources Defense Council and former air pollution engineer for the California Air Resources Board, says that California wants to have 1.4 million zero emission vehicles and plug-in hybrids on the road by 2025. That will push automakers to also introduce fuel cell cars.