Rupert Stadler, Andy Palmer, David Watts
“We’re going to contest the race for the future on electric power. As our production cars are becoming increasingly electric, our motorsport cars, as Audi’s technological spearheads, have to even more so.”
Audi CEO Rupert Stadler on his reasoning to quit the WEC and Le Mans at the end of season 2016 and to concentrate racing efforts on the Formula E henceforth.
“I would argue that Tesla fits in the premium market, competing with the likes of BMW and Mercedes. Aston sits above that.”
This is a very confident Andy Palmer, CEO of Aston Martin, musing on the positioning of the RapideE, Aston’s luxury electric car scheduled for 2017/ 2018.
“A vehicle that operates part of the time on electricity presents a basic problem when it comes to managing business mileage costs, particularly for those organisations that currently utilise fuel cards.”
David Watts, fleet consultant at Arval UK, about the problem of PEV uptake in fleets. It is often an administrative issue as usual “choice lists” for fleet managers miss parameters to categorise and value hybrid or electric cars.