“Once we leave the city we are forced to confront the problem of a nationwide high-powered charging infrastructure – if you really see it as a realistic goal, I personally have some doubts – to drive pure electric over long distances.”
Jochem Heinzmann, head of Volkswagen Group China, favours plug-in hybrid vehicles whose combustion engine helps them to go the distance. Regulation will show if he gets through with that.
“China is seeking more private funds to develop new energy cars, and the country must break through local protectionism to promote innovation in the sector.”
China’s Minister of Finance Lou Jiwei comments on the government’s decision to cut subsidies by 2020 and to turn to private funds instead.
“He is lighting a fire underneath carmakers. This is why so many of them are coming out with new mainstream electric vehicles. Over the next 3-5 years, they are afraid he is going to run away with the game.”
Steve LeVine, author of ‘The Powerhouse: America, China, and the Great Battery War’ talks about Elon Musk of Tesla Motors, calling him one of the driving forces behind EV-olution. And the one who even got Apple into the game.
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