“It means that many plug in hybrid vehicle drivers will simply not bother fitting a charger at home and run their cars on fossil fuel instead. To get the full benefit of owning an EV, a homecharger is vital.”
David Martell, CEO of Chargemaster, is not happy about the UK government’s decision to reduce the grant for the installation of home charging stations from 700 to 500 pounds. (Also see fleet news below.)
“I no longer have access to General Motors figures, but I would be surprised and shocked if the 200-mile electric Bolt is going to make money. You look at the cost per kilowatt hour of batteries and the number of kilowatt hours they have got in there and then you look at the selling price. It’s just not going to work.”
America’s EV pope Bob Lutz does not believe that GM is embarking on a profitable venture with its Bolt EV. GM figures like a retail price of 30,000 dollars and 145 USD/kWh speak another language. Lutz calls for joint EV development between carmakers instead of risking to lose profit or to raise prices of other models.
“A Lamborghini has to be about noise, about excitement. For the time being we have our own strategy.”
Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann admits that the upcoming Urus SUV might come with a hybrid engine but rejects such electrifying plans for the firm’s “super-sports cars” like the Huracán and Aventador — unless he is left with no choice.
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