Harald Krüger, Alexis Georgeson, Kouji Toyoshima.

Harald-Krueger“In the future, the point will be reached at which it will be simply uneconomical to adapt diesel drive systems to the requirements of an increasingly ambitious legislation.”

Predicts BMW CEO Harald Krüger, who at the same time suggested that the German carmaker will increase its electrification efforts by strengthening existing models and also introducing new ones to the line-up.

Alexis-Georgeson“We have no current plans to build a battery factory in Germany. We’re not in active discussions.”

Tesla spokeswoman Alexis Georgeson here crushes all hopes (or fears) to see a German Gigafactory anytime soon. The denial follows previous reports that Elon Musk had approached the German government with plans for a battery plant.

Kouji-Toyoshima“In higher grades, the mass is increased so it’s harder to get good fuel economy. So in those we will use lithium-ion batteries.”

Kouji Toyoshima, head of engineering for the Toyota Prius, explains why the new generation Prius comes with a choice of either Li-ion or more traditional nickel-metal hydride batteries.


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