Elon Musk, Carlos Ghosn, Ravi Pisharody.
“Most of the good that Tesla will accomplish is by cutting a path through the jungle to show what can be done with electric cars. The significance we will have is the degree to which we do force other companies to accelerate their plans.”
Tesla CEO Elon Musk reconfirmed his true belief in electric vehicles at this year’s Automotive News World Congress: “Electric cars are just fundamentally better.”
“We need to continue to develop the infrastructure for EVs and charging stations, and we will continue working on increasing the effectiveness of our EV technology including battery range. These investments will pay off over the long term and should not be dictated by the roller coast price of oil. So our strategies do not change. We will stay the course.”
Head of the Renault-Nissan Alliance, Carlos Ghosn, was asked what his message for EVs for 2015 was. His answer: No matter the petrol price, all carmakers will need to invest in electrification to meet tougher emission standards.
“We have been showcasing our electric vehicles for some time now. However, it is too early for us to firm up our plans for a commercial launch of an electric bus, as we don’t know how much the manufacturers will get from the money allocated by the government and how much R&D spend can be clawed back.”
Ravi Pisharody, Tata Motors Commercial Vehicles Head and Executive Director, wants to wait and see what incentives the India´s National Electric Mobility Mission Plan 2020 will bring. The manufacturer’s rival Ashok Leyland announced its electric bus last week.