Jochem Heizmann, Jens Marquardt.
“I think we should be aware that plug-in hybrid power is the best solution in the short and medium term. Perhaps the development of all-electric vehicles can be realized in the long run. Discussions are ongoing in this respect also with Chinese experts.”
Jochem Heizmann, VWs board member responsible for China, sees PHEV as the short-term solution and claims missing charging infrastructure and standardisation in China as the main reason.
“The reason is that changing cars after twenty minutes of racing because of a flat battery doesn’t reflect the endurance of our vehicles. Therefore it’s important that the series develops, which already has been structured in a roadmap. We are following it closely.”
BMW’s Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt explains why the company is not part of the Formula E racing series – yet.