“They will be part of the landscape of the industry. The question is, how big.”
Ford CEO Mark Fields is here talking about electrification, explaining Ford´s approach to offer a full lineup of electrified vehicles (HEVs, PHEVs and BEVs) in order to give customers the power of choice.
“We need to get our basics in place first, we need to get core products in place first, then we can take the next step after that. […] When we have those segments addressed, then we will take a re-look at the EV program.”
Michael Bartsch, vice president at Infiniti North America, provides no timing for an all-electric Infiniti model, saying that at the moment, Infiniti engineers are focused on getting the Q30 and Q60 launched.
“I was spending up to 150 euros a week on petrol. But I can do up to 120 km in my new car on about 1.50 euros of electricity. I reckon I will save about 7,200 euros a year on fuel costs alone.”
Radek Pilat is the driver of the first electric taxi in the Irish city of Cork. He switched to a Nissan Leaf following the launch of the Drive4Zero initiative and says that there are so many charge points available across the city that range anxiety is not a problem.
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