“I have no doubt that the auto industry will change more in the next 5 to 10 years than it has in the last 50.”
At the presentation of the Chevrolet Bolt, GM CEO Mary Barra said the EV was not just developed as a consumer car, but also for rideshare services such as Lyft, in which GM just invested 500m dollars.
“We have a strong strategy, and if you look at last year’s concept cars, they can give you some indication of where we are going. A full electric would definitely have an expression of its own.”
Gorden Wagener, chief of design for Mercedes-Benz, says that while the carmaker’s hybrids look like their petrol- or diesel-powered counterparts, an EV would have unique look to it.
“Never say never, but right now that’s not in our plans.”
Mark Fields, Ford President and CEO, says that despite investing some 4.5m dollars in electric vehicles research through 2020, we will not see a hybrid performance vehicle from the U.S. manufacturer anytime soon.