Nov 17, 2015 - 09:40 am

Herbert Diess, Christopher Grundler, JB Straubel.

Herbert-Diess“In my opinion, we need battery manufacturing in Germany. It is the core technology of electric mobility.”

VW brand CEO Herbert Diess would like to see cell production in Germany to be build up as a concerted effort of the German car industry. Apparently, the sector is already discussing the idea on a political level as well. (in German)

Christopher-Grundler-EPA“We are very anxious to find out if there are any other programs out there.”

Says Christopher Grundler of the Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA intends to increase its on-road emission testing of diesel cars significantly and without giving carmakers any details, as it hopes to catch other cheats still out there.

Jeffrey-B-Straubel“From the first concept of this factory, we wanted to make it a net-zero facility. So, you know, the most visible thing we are doing is covering the entire site with solar power.”

Tesla CTO JB Straubel here talks about the Gigafactory, which is planned to emit zero emissions. All of a sudden, the desert location in Nevada makes total sense. Solar power is only one of many environmental measures. Others i.e. include a heat pump.

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