“Everybody has had these wonderful ideas about the fact that battery costs per kilowatt hours would drastically drop … we haven’t seen it yet; I think it may be overly optimistic.”
Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne is his usual self here, who puts electric cars not high on his agenda. However, the sceptic has come round to accept hybrids and predicts “most of the fleet to go hybrid by 2023.”
“Electrification is costly technology to pursue, but manufacturing costs … are coming down fast and we will hit a point soon where costs for electrified cars will be cheaper than for diesel cars.”
Honda Motor operating officer Toshihiro Mibe believes “diesel is not going to play a role at all” in lowering emission standards beyond 2020. By then, maybe hydrogen will.
“LeTV’s idea about car differs from that of Tesla.”
Says Jia Yueting from LeTV, who went on to explain that the internet firm aims for the “creation of a brand new blueprint for city transport system” and not individual transport.
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