“It will happen, but not tomorrow.”
Renault Sport CEO Patrice Ratti on hybrid or fully electric RS models. He does think they are possible in the future but only if they will be embedded in a company-wide strategy (hybrids) and if battery prices decrease further.
“Unnecessarily scrapping diesel-powered vehicles in favour of new electric or hybrid vehicles has its own environmental repercussions.”
Ian Chisholm, executive director of British Institute of Road Transport Engineers (IRTE), here opposes Lord Drayson’s critique of current UK diesel tax breaks, which Drayson branded as lethal while calling for a scrappage scheme.
“I think that around that time (2020), the cars offered on the market will be 70-90% combustion engined cars and 10-30% electric cars but people will be walking away from combustion cars in big numbers.”
Christian von Koenigsegg, CEO of the company with the same name, actually expects a “bloodbath” as people will rush to buy EVs, esp. as supply will lack behind demand. Yet, Koenigsegg will continue to build conventional cars for “connoisseurs.”
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