“We need to have the courage to agree on incentives.”
German vice chancellor and economy minister Sigmar Gabriel says that state aid for electric cars, as well as putting up more infrastructure is essential for reaching the country’s goal of one million EVs on German roads by 2020.
“We track right now about 60 different efforts around the world to develop and improve batteries, and some of them hold some long-term promise, but we rate all of them from 1 to 5, where 5 is ‘we should be doing business with them,’ and 1 is complete B.S.”
Tesla CEO Elon Musk is looking at companies to work with in the future, though has yet to meet a “5.” There are some companies that show potential and that Tesla could at one point have “preliminary discussions” with.
“It’s difficult to comment on competitors, but we think we will make a very good offer. Our target is to have the best car available and this is why we are using prismatic cells and pouch cells, for example, which are really designed for automotive use.”
Dr. Peter Pilgram, Audi’s senior scientist for Li-ion cell development, is confident that the carmaker can build a car that accelerates faster than a Tesla in ‘Ludicrous mode.’ But at the end, it will all come down to a competition.
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