Lex Kerssemakers, Ian Wright, Bob Carter.
“Our focus is the roll-out of our plug-in hybrids. Once there is a more sustainable business case behind full EV we can do it – our platform is scalable and fully flexible. But we must see how the EV business evolves and what pressures there are from fuel efficiency requirements and cities closing borders.”
Lex Kerssemakers, Volvo’s vice president of product strategy, says that the company won’t launch fully electric cars until market or legislative demand makes it necessary and will keep focusing on its plug-in hybrid models including the V60 and the XC90.
“They believe that pure electric cars are the way to go, and if you just make them cheap enough everybody will buy them, everybody will drive them and I’m afraid I’ve never really been on board with that.”
Tesla co-founder Ian Wright is actually surprised by the company’s success. He left Tesla back in 2003 to found his own company – Wrightspeed. He is also the maker of the fastest street legal car.
“I’m a little disappointed in Mr. Musk’s comments in Detroit last week. But I understand. If I was in a position that I had all of my eggs in one basket I would perhaps be making those same comments.”
Bob Carter, Senior Vice President of Automotive Operations at Toyota USA, on the latest comments from Tesla CEO Elon Musk about energy storage mechanisms, saying that “hydrogen is an incredibly dumb one to pick.”