Volkmar Denner, Ulrich Hackenberg, Environmental NGOs.
“Electrification will take combustion engines to new heights.”
Bosch CEO Volkmar Denner is setting his hopes on hybrid technology here and strongly believes in an electrified future. He uses e-bikes as an example: Bicycles were mechanic until the pedelec came along and changed the market completely.
automotiveit.com, bosch-presse.de (e-bike, in German)
“From a pure engineering standpoint, the best solution is a plug-in diesel hybrid if you’re talking about the ideal balance between high performance, low fuel consumption and long range. This is because you couple the advantages of the diesel with those of a plug-in hybrid powertrain.”
Ulrich Hackenberg, head of technical development for Audi, once again enforces the manufacturer’s stance on hybrid technology. He does admit however, that in the wake of emission regulations, plug-in gasoline hybrids are more likely.
“Europe is falling behind in the global race to electrified transport with Japan and Korea in the lead, China catching up quickly and the US investing heavily. If Europe sticks mostly to diesel, the risk to the global competitiveness of the European automotive industry is real.”
This is an excerpt from a letter sent to 28 EU Commissioners by eight environmental organisations calling for electrification of transport in Europe.
euractiv.com, transportenvironment.org (letter, PDF)