Extreme E presents Odyssey 21 prototype
The prototype of the electric off-road vehicle for the planned new Extreme E racing series in the world’s most adverse climates has now been unveiled. Initially known as the E-SUV, the standardised racing car seems to have become a kind of electric off-road buggy.Weiterlesen
Formula E won’t allow battery competition before 2025
The idea was to open up the competition to manufacturers component by component but for batteries this won’t happen before 2025 at least. Formula E’s Alejandro Agag revealed that the electric racing series will stick to a standard battery for another 7 years, that is until season 11.Weiterlesen
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Alejandro Agag, Nicolas Griebner.
“It’s really up to us when we want to go to break even or not. We could be in break-even now, we could be in break-even next season but we may decide to invest more in marketing and promotion.”
In other words, FE CEO Alejandro Agag is in for the long run when it comes to the electric racing series that is still in the red but had at least halved his losses last year (also see news above).
“But we think the greater efficiency and improved torque offered by the latest hybrids will spark increasing demand and this car offers a huge potential for savings for drivers who are prepared to reconsider how they use their cars.”
This is Mini UK’s head of product, Nicolas Griebner who praises the Countryman PHEV, which he believes to be particularly attractive for fleet operators.
Olaf Kastner, Alejandro Agag, Elon Musk.
“To be honest, whether the law takes effect in 2018 or 2019, both are very, very soon in our industry.”
Olaf Kastner, who heads BMW China, puts into words what major parts of the car industry think: even if China introduces the 8% EV quota only in 2019, it still represents a huge challenge. BMW for example would have to massively increase its EV production in order to comply.
“It’s a very sad decision and a very wrong decision but this is just an additional motivation.”
Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag is convinced that efforts to combat climate change should be redoubled following president Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris climate accord.
“Few people know that we started Tesla when GM forcibly recalled all electric cars from customers in 2003 & then crushed them in a junkyard.”
Elon Musk recalls the very early days of Tesla and the (dead) state of the industry back then. It was when GM killed its electric car and thoroughly so.
BMW Event, Alejandro Agag.
“We’re in the midst of an electric assault. This must be taken very seriously.”
This is how Bloomberg cites a not specifically named presenter of an internal BMW event next to Munich, where employees were confronted with some kind of “horror movie” showing achievements of competitors, among them Tesla mastermind Musk.
“I think that in 20 to 40 years, Formula E will be the main motor sport of the world, because the industry will be electric.”
Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag predicts in an interview that car races with combustion engines will play more and more the role of a rather oldschool sport in future – comparable with horse races.
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Ferdinand Dudenhöffer, Alejandro Agag, Trip Chowdhry.
“With dieselgate, the world understood that diesel is last year’s model, that the environmental problems are too big and that a change of direction is needed.”
Ferdinand Dudenhoeffer, director of the Center for Automotive Research (CAR) at the University of Duisburg-Essen, focuses on the positives aspects of the cheat. If only diesel were truly that yesterday already…
“We are seeing now that there is a lot of competition between cities. If we were taking the costs, we could go to 300 cities in the world. Everyone would welcome us.”
Alejandro Agag, CEO of Formula E, explains his new business model. With demand that high, cities or promoters have to cover the cost of hosting the electric racing series.
“1,000,000 Auto Units production capacity per year now looks like a real possibility.”
Trip Chowdhry, analyst at Global Equities Research, is a regular guest at the Tesla facility in Fremont. Apparently, the production site is to double in size and is currently capable to churn out about half a million EVs.
Alejandro Agag, Sadiq Khan.
“I think obviously if a company decides to go more into electric, it makes the decision to come into Formula E easier.”
Alejandro Agag, chief executive at Formula E, hopes Volkswagen’s push into the electric vehicle industry also pushes them to be more involved in the electric racing series, as it would help grow the competition into a more stable institution.
“Clearly the UK leaving the EU could weaken our ability to tackle air pollution, and it could mean the public could end up with less legal protection over their right to breathe clean air.”
London mayor Sadiq Khan addressed unexpected results caused by the Brexit including the loss of EU clean air standards. Khan called for a new and powerful Clean Air Act to, among other things, speed up the move to electric vehicles.
Interview with Wibo Elzinga.
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Alejandro Agag, Bernhard Neumann, Dan Ives.
“The big manufacturers will come to Formula E, sooner rather than later.”
Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag believes Formula E will soon evolve into a competition of the global players in the automotive industry. He says two major carmakers will join next season, including either Audi or Volkswagen.
“The end of the combustion engine will come for sure.”
While Bernhard Neumann, Audi’s Head of Experiential Marketing, is convinced that the petrol era is coming to an end, he doesn’t want to jump on the all-electric bandwagon just yet. He believes there are alternatives such as the fuel cell and feels confident that brands like Audi “are adapting very fast” to face contenders like Tesla.
“In our view, acquiring Tesla’s advanced battery technology would greatly accelerate Apple’s entrance into the next-generation auto arena, and we estimate valuable economies of scope could be realized while transitioning to mass-market volumes (e.g., consumer electronic batteries, automotive software, etc.).”
As far as analyst Dan Ives of FBR Capital Markets is concerned, Apple should consider acquiring Box, Adobe, GoPro – and Tesla. He says the time is right for a large acquisition in order for Apple to move beyond consumer electronics.
Elon Musk, Carlos Ghosn, Alejandro Agag.
“We changed the goal of the drive unit endurance from being approximately 200,000 miles to being a million miles – basically we want drive units that just never wear out.”
During a conference call, Tesla CEO Elon Musk promised stockholders that problems with early drive units have been fixed, by using i.e. “automatic grease injection into the spline of the large drive unit.”
“I don’t think you’re going to see us soon in premium in electric cars. It may happen one day…this is not our priority. Our priority is the heart of the market.”
According to Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn, the Japanese carmaker has no intention of building a Tesla-fighter and wants to keep its EVs mainstream, with the possibility of moving into the crossover SUV segment.
“Obviously one option is that they are replaced by someone else. That’s clearly one possibility.”
Formula E chief Alejandro Agag says that someone else might step in for team Trulli, which did not participate in the first two races of the season, as the team’s cars did not pass scrutineering.
Carlos Ghosn, Alejandro Agag.
“Increasing the range is one challenge, and we’re tackling it. But there is another challenges is making sure there is a solid charging infrastructure on the ground.”
Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn has fully set his mind to electric mode as he is unfazed by volatile oil prices and calls for laying the foundations for electrification instead.
“Our ultimate goal is that all the cars in the world are electric.”
The sky is the limit for Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag, who has a very clear vision of the purpose of the electric racing series – promote electric mobility, visibly and powerfully.
Alejandro Agag, Andy Eastlake, Darran Messem, Christophe Arnaud, Edmund King.
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“There should be a regulation that bans people from using combustion cars in a city because people breathe the exhaust.”
Alejandro Agag, CEO of Formula E, is calling for strict regulations but also emphasises that the government should have “a limited role,” at least when it comes to incentives for businesses. He describes his racing series as a “100% commercial entity.”
“Air quality is one of the primary driving forces for local governments to take on the promotion of low carbon vehicles.”
Agrees Andy Eastlake, Managing Director of the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (Low CVP). His organisation aims to help with this exact promotion, working together with central and local governments, manufacturers, organisations etc. to foster EV uptake in the UK.
“There is only a finite number of ways of how to get there but not a crystal-clear one.”
Darran Messem, Chairman of the Low CVP says that while it is clear that the UK government is “bound to decarbonise transport until 2050,” the question of “how” remains.
“In Paris, we have almost 4,000 electric cars and more than 6,000 charge points. And we only launched 4 years ago. It helps to fight against carbon emissions, traffic, and noise. Today, we know that 31,000 cars have been removed from Paris. [Dwellers] are getting rid of all their second cars.”
Christophe Arnaud, Managing Director of BluePointLondon, was one of the few panelists who actually offered action, as Bolloré’s electric carsharing scheme was just introduced in London. Given that infrastructure problems will be solved, Arnaud said that he expects the service to go public later this year or at the beginning of 2016.
“2.5 million cars today could be electric cars today without any disadvantage. (…) We need to address range anxiety and target second car owners.”
Edmund King, President of the Automobile Association (AA), also hopes to tackle second car ownership, since they are rarely used for long rides and could thus be replaced easily.
Source for all the above quotes: Nora Manthey for electrive.com on site.
J.B. Straubel, Alejandro Agag.
“I think we would be disappointed if battery costs were not in the $100 dollar range [per kilowatt-hour] by the end of this decade, somewhere in this ballpark.”
J.B. Straubel, Tesla’s chief technology officer, is confident that battery costs will plummet saying that the Model 3 will need cheap energy storage to sell for 35,000 dollars and offer 200-mile-plus range.
“We want to kind of compress the calendar, so we will start in October. And we want to give a little bit more time to the manufacturers who are tweaking their motors.”
Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag announced that the next ePrix season will kick off one month later than the 2014/15 season. The first race will take place on October 17th in Beijing.
Alejandro Agag, Don Swearingen, Toshiya Hayata, Jamaal McCoy.
“We have over 180 cities that have requested to have a race, and many of them are ready to pay quite substantial money for that.”
Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag finds himself in the position of actually having almost too much choice for where to showcase electric racing next. He has been namedropping Mexico, Hong Kong, and Paris, but that could also be a move to simply raise the stakes a little higher even.
“Our focus is more plug-in hybrids moving forward.”
Mitsubishi Motors North America Executive Vice President Don Swearingen on the company’s current strategy which will see it build more bigger PHEVs similar to the Outlander and other Crossovers.
“Daimler doesn’t have anything smaller than the Smart. If we can make it work, the i-Road could have an advantage.”
Instead of going bigger, Toshiya Hayata, group manager of Toyota’s Smart Community department, sees a chance in smaller vehicles like the company’s tilting electric three wheeler. Tokyo residents can now trial the i-Road.
“We just don’t have presence in the space currently. When someone thinks of an electric vehicle they don’t think of Chevrolet; they think Toyota or Tesla.”
Says Jamaal McCoy von Findlay of Chevrolet in Las Vegas. But if all goes to plan, this is to change with the arrival of the 2016 Volt. This time, GM promises dealers “significant marketing support” as it aims to enter the EV mainstream.
Alejandro Agag, Frank M. Rinderknecht, Richard Branson.
“Oil lobby couldn’t kill [the] electric car if they tried.”
Formula E mastermind Alejandro Agag believes the electrification of the automotive industry to be unstoppable, no matter if and what “they” try.
“For me there is no doubt that we have to move to renewable energies, in mobility but as well as in general life. And the electric car is a first step in that direction. However, changes often require some pain. A pain, which is not here at this time with ridiculously low oil prices.”
Rinspeed founder Frank M. Rinderknecht sees his company’s future in public transport as well as in increasingly autonomous vehicles. However, the focus of his innovations has always been the “human,” he says.
“I hope 10 years from now the smell of exhausts from cars will be a thing of the past as much as the smell of cigarettes in restaurants.”
Sir Richard Branson, owner of Formula E Virgin Racing team, has high hopes for the future. We wonder what fuel his airline might use, ten years from now…
Håkan Samuelsson, Alejandro Agag, Dan Akerson.
“I think in the future there will be an evolution, also maybe downsizing of the engines, and more batteries, more powerful batteries, and then you can call that an electric car with a range extender. It’s exactly the same technology. So, that’s the path we have chosen.”
Volvo CEO Håkan Samuelsson does not believes in pure electric cars but apparently aims at something like a very evolved plug-in hybrid which some then might call a range-extended EV. Question is, where do you draw the line?
“In terms of technical changes, we certainly want teams to keep the same chassis as that’s not the technological direction we want them to focus on. Instead, we want teams to concentrate on developing new powertrains and batteries as this is what is going to benefit everyday electric cars users the most.”
Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag on upcoming changes in the electric racing series, which will see increased competition from manufacturer in the next season. The Spark-Renault chassis however, is to remain the same.
“A lot of people who don’t ever operate in it don’t understand and have a tendency to underestimate.”
Former GM CEO Dan Akerson here tries to discourage Apple from becoming a carmaker, which in his words is a “low-margin” industry, especially if you compare it with the margin on a mass-produced iPhone.
Carlos Ghosn, Sergio Marchionne, Alejandro Agag.
“We are the leaders and we frankly intend to continue to be the leaders.”
Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn is not particularly impressed by Chevy’s 200-mile Bolt as Nissan is working on an EV with a similar range, he said. Looks like the Leaf will get a battery upgrade soon.
“I think automakers’ costs are well in excess of what I consider a mature industry to be able to afford.”
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne is reaching out to fellow carmakers to share costs of research and development of new vehicles and technologies.
“We think that next year we will have at least four or five manufacturers in the championship. Two years ago we didn’t have cars, we didn’t have venues, we didn’t have teams. We didn’t have sponsors or broadcasters. Today we have a championship going full-on with big fights between the drivers.”
Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag is excited about future prospects of the electric racing series. Next year, the races will be open to manufacturers to take part with their own vehicles and technologies.
Alejandro Agag, Tony Earley.
“The good news is that we will have quite a number of different powertrains next year; we will have some big names delivering those.”
Formula E head Alejandro Agag on the improved competition in the next season of the electric racing series in which different manufacturers will be allowed to take part.
“This year at PG&E, well over half of our customers’ electricity is from sources that emit no greenhouse gases, including solar, wind, hydro and nuclear plants. That means the clean-air and carbon emissions benefits that EVs can offer are substantial.”
Tony Earley, chairman, CEO and president of PG&E Corp, points out that his customers are driving real green. PG&E itself is increasingly electrifying its own fleet.
Alejandro Agag, Julie Hamp, Mike Duhaime.
“I think people were sceptical in the beginning – many thought when we started the project that it would never happen. Then it went through a phase of ‘maybe it will happen,’ then ‘probably it will happen.’ Now, this week, it’s happening!”
Alejandro Agag, CEO of Formula E, was excited about the kick-off of the electric racing series. After the race, he has no reason to doubt that Formula E will be a success, adding that the main problem they encountered, was not having enough tickets to sell.
“Our RAV4 EV project with Tesla, to supply 2,400 powertrains over approximately three years, has been mutually beneficial. We currently have no new, or pending projects under discussion.”
Julie Hamp, Toyota’s chief U.S. spokeswoman, is distancing herself and Toyota from earlier comments made by Tesla CEO Elon Musk. The latter hinted that both companies could soon work together again.
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“We launched the 500e and we’re going to do a minivan PHEV. And we have several mild hybrids we’re working on getting ready for production.”
Mike Duhaime, Chrysler’s global director for electric powertrain propulsion systems, confirmed that the company has a number of alternative drivetrains in the pipelines. The to be hybridised minivan “Town&Country” is scheduled for 2016.
Alejandro Agag, Bill Ford.
“Technology takes time to develop; just look at the evolution from ‘brick’ phones to smartphones, and desktop computers to tablets. In the same way, we believe electric cars need time to evolve and we’re just at the beginning of the electric racing era – this is very exciting.”
Alejandro Agag, CEO of FIA Formula E, is hinting at great times ahead. The next evolutionary goal is to “run the entire race with one car and one battery,” he said.
“My fear is that we electrify the fleet and our impact is not what it could be.”
Bill Ford, executive chairman of the company that bears his great-grandfathers name, here does not doubt the potential of electric cars but wants to start a “national discussion” on where the EVs take their energy from – preferably not coal.
Alejandro Agag, Aguri Suzuki, Ashvin Chotai.
“We are big fans of Formula One and whoever tries to compete with Formula One will fail.”
Alejandro Agag, head of Formula E, points out the difference between the original and the electric racing series. The latter is much smaller but also serves the bigger cause of reducing pollution in cities like Beijing, where the Formula E premieres this month to send out “a strong message,” Agag said.
“Fans may feel something is missing at first but I believe Formula E will be a kind of experimental lab for F1 in the near future.”
Aguri Suzuki, former Formula One driver is now head of Team Amlin Aguri in the Formula E, which he thinks will be beneficial for F1 eventually.
“There’s a core management team at Nissan and Andy Palmer was a very crucial part of it. He had a lot of responsibilities and a lot of functions under his umbrella. To lose somebody like him is a big blow to Nissan.”
Ashvin Chotai, MD of Researcher Intelligence Automotive Asia, is among analysts who see the leaving of Andy Palmer and other top executives at Nissan as worrying.