“I had thought the big car companies would be coming out with electric cars sooner. Crazy thing is, it’s now seven years since we unveiled the Roadster, and yet there’s still not a single car for sale without a Tesla badge that has a 250 mile range. That’s mind blowing.”
Tesla CEO Elon Musk here shows astonishment on the established carmakers persistence on combustion engines and goes on thinking about expanding Tesla production to take away marketshare and thus raise the pressure.
“At the moment we are showing quite good results for the electric vehicle sales. We have a quite optimistic view for the future of EV expansion.”
Especially so as the Chinese government is pushing for EVs, according to Nissan’s Vice Chairman Toshiyuki Shiga. The company is now looking into aiming its EVs at young Chinese customers but will not “rush” into the fuel cell market.
“There’s a real opportunity for next-generation storage. You have to make a big step forward. Lithium-ion will not be able to make that step. … You need a big program and a group effort to make it happen.”
George Crabtree, head of the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research at the Argonne National Laboratory is calling for a concerted effort. His centre already works with Lawrence Berkeley Lab, Sandia National Laboratories, and other universities and companies.