Jean-Pierre Diernaz, Wolfgang Hatz, Graeme Davison.
“I think next year we should see double-digit growth again.”
Nissan Europe’s electric cars director Jean-Pierre Diernaz expects another record year for Leaf sales in Europe as he believes up to 25 percent more Nissan EVs could be sold in the region this year.
“A Tesla is a fine car, but you cannot drive it enthusiastically without losing range or performance too quickly. Until the technology offers a solution to those problems, we will not be looking at launching such a car.”
Wolfgang Hatz, head of Porsche R&D, denies working on an all-electric Tesla rival based on the Panamera, but confirms the German carmakers focus on plug-in hybrids for the time being.
“The research on dynamic charging is underway and we don’t see it being that far away. It’s obviously difficult to put a date to it but probably within five years or so you will absolutely see vehicles charging while moving.”
Graeme Davison, Vice President of Technology at Qualcomm, here not only explains wireless charging technology as used in the Formula E, but also gives an outlook on charging-on-the-go.