“I’m incredibly impressed with what that kid has done.”
Sergio Marchionne, head of Fiat-Chrysler, said he met with Elon Musk and Tim Cook, the CEOs of Tesla and Apple. What exactly was discussed during the meeting was not revealed, but Marchionne praised Musk for his achievements.
“In the near future, we will be offering Chinese customers an impressive choice of over 20 electric vehicles, from small cars to large sedans and SUVs, from plug-in hybrids to all-electric drives. We cannot allow the electric car to be a compromise on wheels. It has to be perfect in every way – technically mature, practical, safe and affordable.”
Jochem Heinzmann, member of the Volkswagen Group Board of Management with responsibility for China, plans to kick off “the biggest emobility initiative in China’s automotive history”, investing 18m euros to develop new models and to add capacity at its factories there.
“We believe that sales of new energy cars will hit the 200,000 mark this year or next year, at latest. This will end the stage of introduction into the market and initiate rapid growth, at an annual clip of 5%-10%, boosting sales to an approximate 2 million cars by 2020.”
Ouyang Mingao, professor at Tsinghua University in Beijing, said that sales of electric and plug-in hybrid cars in China may top global sales charts this year, after already experiencing a major boom in 2014.
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