“If there ever was a chance for outsiders to enter the automotive industry, than that chance is now.”
Volkswagen’s brand chief Herbert Diess reminds established players not to take potential competitors lightly. He specifically referred to Apple and other start-ups that only have to think about EVs out loud to find “billions” in funding.
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“The Bolt EV is really a purpose-built car for the sharing economy. That’s a completely different story than ‘Where are gas prices at?’ Forget it. That’s not the conversation anymore.”
Pam Fletcher, EV chief engineer at GM, makes it clear that the manufacturer is aiming at the masses. It recently invested in ridesharing company Lyft to set up an autonomous part of the latter’s fleet, featuring the new Chevy Bolt.
“It will meet you wherever your phone is and it will just automatically charge itself along the entire journey.”
Tesla CEO Elon Musk says the new “summon” function of the Autopilot will probably be optimised 2018. By then, EV owners will not have to wait for their car to exit or enter the garage, but can call to and from wherever they wish.
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