Mark Moody-Stuart, J.B. Straubel, Steffen Jastrow.
“I find it distressing that 18 years after major oil companies such as Shell and BP acknowledged the threat of climate change and the need for precautionary action, and indeed began to put into place many of the steps needed, the world has made very modest progress in addressing this challenge.”
This is former Shell chairman Sir Mark Moody-Stuart, who seems to have some second thoughts here and calls for cooperation rather than sheer confrontation. Rest assured, we find that pretty distressing, too.
“South Africa actually has an electric grid that has huge implications for storage.”
Tesla CTO J.B. Straubel sees a big market for the company’s energy storage solution in Africa’s southernmost republic where they could not only serve as backup but also help to expand the infrastructure.
“Of course we need more power for the next-generation of cars, but electrification does not mean we have to use an electric drivetrain. They have to be faster and e-turbos are an option. We use them in motorsport, but the technology has to be payable for the customer.”
Mercedes-AMG compact car boss Steffen Jastrow is looking at e-turbos for somewhat electrifying small cars. Audi too is eyeing that option but from the luxury and performance perspective of the A8.