Oliver Blume, Berhard Maier, Rupert Stadler, Peter Schmidt.

Oliver-Blume“From Porsche’s point of view, infrastructure is the top priority – incentives are more important for high-volume manufacturers. Both measures are able to boost electric mobility.”

Porsche CEO Oliver Blume hopes that the German government will both decide on an incentive scheme for EVs, as well as help with the development of charging infrastructure. He says Porsche will do its part.
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Bernhard-Maier“Mobility must become clean. We have therefore fitted the VisionS with electric motors and plug-in technology. By 2019, we will offer the first Škoda with this technology. A purely electric vehicle will follow shortly after.”

Škoda CEO Bernhard Maier confirms that the manufacturer will offer an all-electric car. Škoda already showcased a plug-in version of its VisionS in Geneva.

rupert-stadler“Hybrid and plug-in hybrids are a transitional and bridge technology for about the next ten years.”

Audi CEO Rupert Stadler expects electric and hybrid car sales to account for 20-25 percent of sales by 2025, after which all-electric cars will become mainstream. He also said that fuel cell technology was worth looking into.

Peter-Schmidt“The market for electric cars in Europe has been extremely disappointing. Five years ago, carmakers were really optimistic, but at the moment, in my view they will be lucky if the market share reaches 1 percent by 2020.”

Peter Schmidt, chief editor of Automotive Industry Data, says that low petrol prices are keeping drivers from going electric. Only in countries like Norway, which has an extensive incentive scheme, are electric vehicles taking off.

Sergio-Marchionne“With Ferrari, it’s almost an obscene concept.”

Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne doesn’t mince his words, saying that we will not ever see an electric Ferrari. Nor a self-driving one, as Marchionne added that “you’ll have to shoot [him] first.” We that think that may be that is a bit drastic…


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