Tag: Angela Merkel

Oct 10, 2019 - 02:19 pm

Germany ready to sign 2030 climate package into law

The German government has now approved the country’s 2030 climate plan, first outlaid during the global climate strike initiated by the Fridays for Future movement. Activists call the package weak, yet it carries over measures for e-mobility at least.

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Nov 29, 2017 - 05:21 pm

Diesel-summit reveals lack of EVs in Germany

1 billion euros shall help to clear the air over Germany from diesel fumes but Tuesday’s diesel-summit revealed that it is not (just) the money that missing, it is the electric vehicles. And time is running out.

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Jul 3, 2017 - 08:20 am

Angela Merkel, Alexander Haissl.

Angela-Merkel“What is important is that the newest and best technology is used. We are in a transformation phase away from the combustion engine.”

German Chancellor Angela Merkel backed off from diesel, a technology her government had long supported, but remained committed to the “efficient” combustion engine or hybrid during said transformation.

anonym“To contrast Tesla with even the most forward looking (manufacturers), we estimate Tesla will invest $32.7 billion over the next 5 years – roughly 40% more than Daimler and Volkswagen combined have committed for their EV projects.”

These rather astonishing numbers come from Analyst Alexander Haissl of Berenberg Bank located in Hamburg. He thus assumes that Tesla will “be given a near-monopolistic opportunity” to win EV market share.

May 17, 2017 - 08:36 am

Akio Toyoda, Angela Merkel.

Akio-Toyoda“The reason I am responsible for EVs as well is that I don’t want to make these cars a commodity. Even with the electrification of the vehicles, I want the prefix ‘I love’ to be affixed to those cars.”

Toyota President Akio Toyoda, who has recently been appointed as new leader of the EV division, appears to feel some passion for his new role. He went on to liken Tesla cars to the iPhone and wishes to introduce similar connectivity – or attachment.

Angela-Merkel“As it looks at the moment, we will not achieve this goal.”

Prospects for Germany to manage to put 1 million EVs on its roads by 2020 have in fact been looking bleak for some time now, but this is the first time Chancellor Angela Merkel would admit it.


Jun 16, 2015 - 08:49 am

Angela Merkel, Jean Pierre Diernaz, Ralf Speth.

Angela-Merkel“Many expect an answer from us this year and we will do our best.”

German Chancellor Angela Merkel at least admitted at the national electric vehicle conference currently underway in Berlin that Germany will have to consider further subsidies for electric cars and knows “what the government has to deliver.” Translation: We know no more than before.
faz.net, spiegel.de (both in German)

Jean-Pierre-Diernaz“Plug-in hybrid is good technology, but it’s like being half pregnant. You either are or you are not.”

Nissan Europe’s electric vehicle boss Jean Pierre Diernaz could not have made his opinion on plug-ins any clearer. He believes EVs will be the way forward and that air quality will be a driving force in creating ‘ultra low emission zones.’

Ralf-Speth“Battery technology today is still too heavy, too expensive and the [power] density is too low. As we learned at school, there’s this correlation between mass and energy and as long as this is not favorable, even if you recuperate, this is an issue.”

Jaguar Land Rover CEO Ralf Speth says that lowering emission is priority for carmakers and he believes that with the next-generation of cheaper batteries that allow for more range, more customers will begin to accept electric cars.

Dec 3, 2014 - 11:16 am

Angela Merkel, Akio Toyoda, Manuel Valls.

Angela-Merkel“There’s a lot to do.”

German Chancellor Angela Merkel admits that there need to be more incentives for electric mobility, if Germany wants to reach its goal of bringing 1 million EVs on the road by 2020. So far, the goal still seems far out of reach.

Akio-Toyoda“Toyota will use these experiences in the FIA World Endurance Championship to help revolutionize hybrid technology and to help make ever-better cars that delight people around the world.”

Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda is satisfied with his company’s win at the 2014 World Endurance Championship. Toyota is the first Japanese carmaker to take home the title since the series began in 1953.

Manuel-Valls“In France, we have long favoured the diesel engine. This was a mistake, and we will progressively undo that, intelligently and pragmatically.”

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls is the man behind a new plan that would rank vehicles by pollution and keep the dirtiest cars out of city centres (we reported). A move that should promote hybrid and electric cars in the country.

Found on electrive.com
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