“If more than a quarter of our cars are to be electronic vehicles in the in the foreseeable future then we are going to need approximately three million batteries a year. Then it makes sense to build our own factory.”
For Volkswagen CEO Matthias Müller, opening a first VW pilot battery factory seems like a logical move. Also due to the recent diesel scandal, the carmaker is looking to increase its electric offering significantly in the coming years.
“Nissan’s doing very well with the Leaf, which is fully electric. In many parts of the world, we’re doing extremely well with the plug-in hybrid. Maybe they can use that technology on plug-in, and we can use their advanced technology on fully electric vehicles.”
Don Swearingen, CEO Of Mitsubishi Motors North America speculates about possible synergies between Nissan and Misubishi. The former announced in May that it would buy 34 percent of Mitsubishi’s shares.
“A car like that should be aiming at shipping 300,000 to 500,000 per year.”
Elon Musk poked a little fun at GM for only releasing the Chevy Bolt in California and Oregon now, while other U.S. states could have to wait up to six months. GM says it took the same approach as with the second generation Volt – and why change a running system?
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