“We have an idea for something which is not exactly a bus, but would solve the density problem in intercity situations. I think we need to rethink the whole concept of public transport and create something that people are actually gonna like a lot more. I don’t want to talk too much about it.”
Tesla CEO Elon Musk hinted at an autonomous transportation service during his visit in Norway. While he did not give much information, he did say that he was not talking about the Hyperloop and that self-driving cars were key to his vision.
“So, in fact, the end of the ICE vehicle era may happen faster than my 2025 prediction. By the way, this is not just the end of the ICE car era. My prediction is that by 2025 all new vehicles will be electric: cars, SUVs, trucks, buses, tractors, anything that moves on the ground with wheels.”
Tony Seba, researcher at Stanford University, predicts electric cars will soon become much cheaper than its petrol-driven predecessors, disrupting the market as early as 2020. Also because the price of vehicles with combustion engines is rising faster than expected.
“It is a deliberately ambitious target. It is going to be a challenge, but Volvo wants to be at the forefront of this shift to electrification.”
Volvo CEO Håkan Samuelsson comments on the manufacturer’s goal to sell one million electrified cars by 2025. The first all-electric Swedish vehicle is said to hit the road by 2019.
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