“We just do not want to be the champions of announcements.”
Daimler chief developer Thomas Weber didn’t budge when asked about timing and models for a possible electric car offensive. He did say, however, that a BEV is not far, but would have to remain secret to keep a competitive advantage.
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“We need government support to boost sales. We’re in positive talks with the German government and I expect there will be a resolution soon.”
BMW CEO Harald Krueger adds to the discourse about EV incentives in Germany. The Bavarian carmaker is clearly a proponent, as is the Bavarian branch of the conservative party CSU and the social democrats.
“If Germany takes important measures to support electric cars, it’s going to help us a lot to boost the volume.”
Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn thinks along the same lines and believes a German incentive scheme would get the market going.
“Our next hybrid vehicle will launch towards the latter part of our six-year plan, and we will see at least 50 percent featuring hybrid technology by 2022.”
McLaren CEO Mike Flewitt makes it clear – the carmaker is all about hybridisation. Flewitt added that engineers were looking into full electrification in the Ultimate Series.
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