Ryan Popple, Gareth Dunsmore, Mate Rimac.
“There will also be environmental and social justice pressures. How do you deploy 25 zero-emission buses in one part of the city, and then continue to emit diesel fumes on all the other bus routes? There is a fairness aspect to that.”
Proterra CEO Ryan Popple shares his experiences in the electric bus market. He believes it will grow ever stronger once the “electric adoption rate gets closer to around 20% of the fleets.” Already, demand has led to an 18 month order backlog.
“Countries that start and stop [incentives] don’t move forward. It’s not the amount of money, but the message that turns people’s heads. It’s to show there are different options.”
And the Nissan BladeGlider is one of them, says Gareth Dunsmore, director of electric vehicles for Nissan Europe. While being a concept car that will most likely not make it into production, it is surely designed to turn heads and to move people’s minds.
“What the local workforce lacks in industry experience is made up by their enthusiasm and drive.”
Rimac founder and CEO Mate Rimac on building luxury cars in Croatia. As Rimac manufactures almost every component on-site, the team grew together as a “family.”