Christina Figueres, Takahiro Hachigo, Ryan Popple.

Christiana-Figueres“Tesla is certainly opening up a very, very new ground. But Tesla, as we all know, is not exactly ‘the people’s vehicle’.”

Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), said she is “delighted” by VW’s diesel scandal and hopes the carmaker will as a result turn away from diesel and to electrification on a revolutionary large scale.

Takahiro-Hachigo“In Europe as well as Asia we are selling the diesel engines to a certain extent, but what will happen in the future is really up to what our customers want to see.”

For Honda CEO and president Takahiro Hachigo, diesel technology has never been much of a priority and will be even less so in the future, especially in markets like China and the U.S., where demand for diesel cars is traditionally low.

Ryan-Popple“Now we’re moving into the realm where we can do over 200 miles on a single charge, and we’re going to keep pushing that.”

Proterra CEO Ryan Popple would like to see a track range of 300 miles rather sooner than later. To achieve its goal, the bus manufacturer will use lighter composites.


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