Aug 24, 2015 - 09:06 am

Dieter Zetsche, Ferdinand Dudenhoeffer.

Dieter-Zetsche“Google and Apple want to provide system software for cars and bring this entire ecosystem around Apple and Google into the vehicle. That can be interesting for both sides.”

Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche says he is not opposed to cooperating with the two technology giants, as self-driving and connected cars take centre stage. However, he stressed that Daimler refuses to become just a supplier.

Ferdinand-Dudenhoeffer“Tesla’s range of up to 450 kilometres (281 miles) makes the cumbersome plug-in art rather uninteresting. This makes it high risk that the premium manufacturers have invested in the wrong technology.”

Professor Ferdinand Dudenhoeffer, director of the Center for Automotive Research (CAR) at the University of Duisburg-Essen, is convinced that Tesla’s batteries trumped plug-in hybrids, which are “too costly,” “too heavy” and “not environmentally friendly.”


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