Bernhard Maier, Jay Leno, Pawan Goenka.
“We will have a Kodiaq hybrid very shortly after a Superb hybrid. It will be in China first, as that is the biggest market, but Europe soon after.”
Skoda boss Bernhard Maier revealed that both cars will receive plug-in hybrid drivetrain in 2019, while a fully electric car will be added to the companies in 2020.
“Here’s a guy building an American car in America using American labour and paying them a union wage…the whole bit. Why are you not rooting for it to be successful? Why do you wish it would fail?”
Former Tonight Show host Jay Leno cannot understand why anyone in America wants Elon Musk or Tesla to fail. He also points out that U.S. car companies are a “dying breed,” which should be even more reason to root for the EV maker’s success.
“We are betting on electric vehicles, and not hybrid.”
Pawan Goenka, executive director of Mahindra, sees mild hybrids as benefitting the environment only slightly. He therefore goes a completely different way as competitor Maruti Suzuki, which sees EVs as more of a niche market “at best.”
Ian Hoban, Bernhard Maier, Peter Rawlinson.
“Electric vehicles are inevitable – Jaguar will make them desirable.”
Ian Hoban, Jaguar Land Rover’s vehicle line director says the newly unveiled I-Pace will have superior torque delivery than internal combustion engines, while the car will “rewarding and practical enough to drive every day.”
“Some will say we are late to the market, but actually we see 2019 as being a point where demand for such cars will actually start to build to a level that is strong enough to bring down costs.”
Skoda boss Bernhard Maier explains why the carmaker is not looking to go electric for at least two more years. It will then start with a plug-in hybrid, followed by a first all-electric car in 2020.
“Until Tesla, there was an unwritten rule, and a widely held belief in the motor industry, that it was impossible to start a new car company from scratch. Tesla successfully broke that.”
Peter Rawlinson, former chief engineer behind Tesla’s Model S and now CTO of Lucid Motors knows that it will not be easy to get the companies Tesla-fighter on the road, as it is competing with established carmakers and the California EV maker itself. Though the latter has shown that anything is possible.
Bernhard Maier, Victor Muller, Bryce Johnsson.
“Hybrids are something we are discussing for all of our product line-up.”
Skoda CEO Bernhard Maier says that while the company does not have a hybrid yet, it is likely the next model will share the VW Tiguan GTE’s drivetrain.
“I’m all with Tesla and the full-electric approach, but I still don’t think lithium ion batteries are cost-effective. This type of battery has one major disadvantage that will not go away: degradation.”
Spyker CEO Victor Muller voices concerns, but did not give an alternative to Li-ion batteries. The manufacturer is allegedly thinking about an all-electric SUV.
“In the next ten years from now, the electric vehicle industry will have to be over 20 percent of our business.”
Terence Bryce Johnsson, head of overseas sales at Audi is looking into an electric future as he believes that “the acceleration of the investment to battery electric will be much faster than it has been in the past.”
Frank Welsch, Bernhard Maier.
“Today these cars are super-powerful, have torque from hell and use all-wheel drive. Electric drivetrains could deliver that.”
Volkswagen’s head of technology Frank Welsch wants to see the FIA World Rally Championship to go fully electric because of the above reasons. Apparently, talks with the organisers are already under way.
“There is no alternative to electrification. We have to tackle it.”
We could not agree more with Skoda chairman Bernhard Maier. And really, what else is there to add.
Bernhard Maier, Arndt Ellinghorst, Dale Vince.
“In general, we see more potential in markets where authorities or governments subsidize models that reduce pollution, because having the best of two worlds inside one car is a little bit more expensive. When a government wants to convince inhabitants that reducing pollution is a really important issue, and offers adequate incentives, electrified vehicles could grow to market shares up to 50 percent.”
Bernhard Maier, head of Porsche’s sales and marketing, is a dedicated driver of plug-in hybrids who strives to go all-electric all the way. For mass market penetration, Porsche would welcome subsidies as always.
“We have very little doubt that BMW’s power-train portfolio will move to almost 100 per cent hybrid and/or full electric by the middle of the coming decade.”
Evercore ISI analyst Arndt Ellinghorst is raising high hopes here, or expectations, depending on how one looks at it. His remarks come in the wake of the technology challenge BMW’s soon-to-be CEO Harald Krüger raised.
“When petrol cars came along, there wasn’t a national network of petrol stations overnight, they had to be built. It’s important to remember this is just the start of a revolution.”
Dale Vince, founder and CEO of Ecotricity, here is in defence of the utility providers ‘Electric Highway.’ A road test on the UK charging network had failed to reach Glasgow coming from London.