Porsche, JK Straubel, Matthias Müller.
“The thing about Tesla’s Ludicrous mode is that it’s a façade. Two launches saps the whole battery. That won’t be the case with the Mission E. You’ll be able to run it hard, over and over; the battery will not overheat, the power control module will not overheat, and the seats will not suck.”
An unnamed Porsche engineer told Automobile that the upcoming Mission E is “something special,” citing the car’s practicality as a defining victory over Tesla. Details about when the Porsche Mission E will reach production, however, have not yet been shared.
“Tesla has spent a lot of time working with all the different lithium companies all around the world to make sure they are investing on the right timeline to have the capacity ready when we need it.”
Tesla’s JK Straubel assuaged fears that the manufacturer will not be able to acquire enough lithium hydroxide at a low cost for Tesla’s projects. The CTO suggested lithium extraction and processing is just like any other car element, it only requires a “little bit longer lead time.”
“The fact that we are now focusing so clearly on e-mobility and battery technology does not mean that we will scale down or even suspend our work on developing fuel cells. Here, too, we intend to stay on the ball and will be ready when the time is ripe.”
Matthias Müller, CEO of Volkswagen Group, spoke about the company’s plans to develop over thirty new BEVs in the next decade. Though VW is looking extensively into promoting better battery technology, Müller insists they will continue their work in the fuel cell sector.