J.B. Straubel, Tae Hyun Oh, Volkswagen.
“Most of the people inside of Tesla are no longer working on the S and the X, but they are hard at working designing and inventing all the technologies to go into the Model 3.”
Tesla CTO J.B. Straubel points out how fast the EV maker moves. With the Model X only been introduced, all resources are now poured into the making of the Model 3. The project not only requires new technology and platform but will also see Tesla scale up production massively.
“This year we are launching a hybrid model, and the next Soul electric-vehicle version.”
Tae Hyun (Thomas) Oh, exective vice president and COO of Kia Motors, announces the next step of the Korean carmaker’s electrification. The hybrid Kia and updated Soul EV will be joined by a fuel cell vehicle by 2020, he added.
“So far, we have simply fitted existing cars with electric motors, not a big hit exactly. Now the main VW brand plans for models, which are dedicated electric cars from the start.”
This is an unnamed VW manager announcing a new strategy that will see Volkswagen design electric cars from the bottom up, similar to the BMW i-series. A dedicated VW “e-series” would be market ready by 2019, the source expects.
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