“A Trump in the White House does not make a difference, because the energy turnaround in the United States takes place in California, it takes place in Texas, where wind turbines are being built … It’s irreversible.”
Innogy CEO Peter Terium seems determined to brave the changing political climate in the USA unfazed. Obviously, he also signalled keen interest to supply the new European ultra-fast-charging initiative.
“Prius sales rapidly increased from the second generation. We are not sure if Mirai will grow that rapidly, but we hope to increase the number of units with Prius as one target.”
Says Kiyotaka Ise, who revealed that Toyota wants to release a new version of its hydrogen-powered Mirai in time for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
“We see that more customers are asking for electric vehicles, but the total number is still very small— between 2 and 5 percent of the market.”
Matthias Lührs, Mercedes Cars’ VP of sales and product management, does not see a big market yet but is committed to Daimler’s EQ brand, which is to release one EV per year – but only from 2019.
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