“We are developing completely new and unique vehicle concepts – especially designed for long-distance electromobility.”
Herbert Diess , Chairman of the Board of Management of the Volkswagen brand, comments on the newly unveiled BUDD-e concept. With a 233 mile range (533 km), it can definitely go the distance.
“A battery electric sports car doesn’t make sense. An electric vehicle relies on your average energy consumption and if you take on a track like the Nurburgring, you are looking at maybe one lap before you have battery degradation.”
Klaus Fröhlich, head of research and development at BMW, does not believe in electric racing cars, saying they will never be greener than a hybrid. In his eyes, the same is true for sports cars…
“If a program is going to be put in place, I think there needs to some long-term funding for the incentive program. It doesn’t help if the program is sort of on again and off again.”
Global Automakers of Canada president David Adams criticises the subsidy programme for PHEVs that started in British Columbia in April. The 7.5m dollars earmarked for the programme were to last three years. But 5.6m dollars have already been used up.