“What the hell do you want with 400 kilos of battery driving around? No.”
For Harald Wester, Chief Technology officer at Fiat Chrysler and head of the Maserati and Alfa Romeo brands, hybrids are the intermediate solution. In the long run, he sees fuel cell technology as the way to go and would skip the battery electric drive outright.
“Development (of lithium-ion batteries) is not going to be significant enough to change the price performance ratio for it to have an impact on auto sales predictions. These numbers are so low because it will still make more sense to have an internal combustion engine in 2025 using fossil fuel.”
Professor Donald Sadoway from the MIT thinks that it will need technologies beyond lithium that will lead to a significant breakthrough of electric cars. But there is not enough money to support universities in doing this “radical research.”
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