Tag: Bob Carter

Jan 27, 2015 - 09:02 am

Lex Kerssemakers, Ian Wright, Bob Carter.

Lex-Kerssemakers“Our focus is the roll-out of our plug-in hybrids. Once there is a more sustainable business case behind full EV we can do it – our platform is scalable and fully flexible. But we must see how the EV business evolves and what pressures there are from fuel efficiency requirements and cities closing borders.”

Lex Kerssemakers, Volvo’s vice president of product strategy, says that the company won’t launch fully electric cars until market or legislative demand makes it necessary and will keep focusing on its plug-in hybrid models including the V60 and the XC90.

Ian-Wright“They believe that pure electric cars are the way to go, and if you just make them cheap enough everybody will buy them, everybody will drive them and I’m afraid I’ve never really been on board with that.”

Tesla co-founder Ian Wright is actually surprised by the company’s success. He left Tesla back in 2003 to found his own company – Wrightspeed. He is also the maker of the fastest street legal car.

Robert-Carter“I’m a little disappointed in Mr. Musk’s comments in Detroit last week. But I understand. If I was in a position that I had all of my eggs in one basket I would perhaps be making those same comments.”

Bob Carter, Senior Vice President of Automotive Operations at Toyota USA, on the latest comments from Tesla CEO Elon Musk about energy storage mechanisms, saying that “hydrogen is an incredibly dumb one to pick.”

Jan 9, 2015 - 09:49 am

R. C. Bhargava, Elon Musk, David Bushnell, Bob Carter.

RC-Bhargava“Government might like to consider that when they are supporting electric carmakers, the next stage of support is the development of a hybrid and my view was that they should support R&D rather than the finished product.”

Maruti Suzuki chairman R. C. Bhargava is commenting on the need for research if the Indian automobile industry is to come up with hybrid technology for affordable small cars.

Elon-Musk-Twitter“Cheap gas is a great thing. It means humans will use it up faster and force the switch to alternative energy faster.”

This is Elon Musk taking a rather ironic approach to the current gas price situation in the States on his “hyper-parody” Twitter account called Bored Elon Musk.
twitter.com via hybridcars.com

David-Bushnell“With the benefits clear and the Government spending hundreds of millions of pounds on charging infrastructure and purchase subsidies for EV buyers, the current opportunity to invest in plug-in vehicles is something businesses simply cannot afford ignore.”

David Bushnell, eMobility consultant at Alphabet UK, is in other words asking fleet operators to jump on the EV bandwagon. In fact, “nearly one fifth of public sector organisations are already using EVs for business travel,” Bushnell added.

Robert-Carter“We are very active in battery development. There is a roll for full electrics in the market but the weight of the batteries, the costs, the limited range and long recharge times, there are no quick solutions coming.”

Bob Carter, senior VP at Toyota Motor Sales USA, praises the Toyota Mirai FCV as the solution for drivers that expect the same range from a green vehicle as from a petrol car – given there is enough hydrogen infrastructure in place, of course.

Jan 7, 2015 - 09:32 am

Bob Carter, Jon Lauckner, Torsten Müller-Ötvös.

Robert-Carter“At Toyota, we believe that when good ideas are shared, great things can happen.”

Bob Carter, senior VP at Toyota Motor Sales USA, on the company’s decision to openly share its fuel cell patents. Clearly, Toyota is trying to get other carmakers on board of the hydrogen train for the technology to become a success story.

Jon-Lauckner“It was our version of a moonshot.”

Jon Lauckner, GM’s CTO on the Chevrolet Volt. He was involved in the development of the first generation while the successor has just been unveiled (we reported).

Torsten-Mueller-Oetvoes“This still doesn’t mean I can sleep easily at night, because legislation may force us to go in that direction. However, Rolls-Royce buyers aren’t asking for it.”

Rolls-Royce CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös about the possibility of an all-electric Royce. If there will be one, it is likely to be brought about by politicians rather than the luxury carmakers clientele, which is currently asking for SUVs rather than an EV.


Aug 15, 2014 - 08:32 am

Bob Carter, Naveen Rabelli.

Robert-Carter“In short, of all the advanced powertrain systems we have in our portfolio, we see hydrogen fuel cells as being THE no-compromise, primary-option vehicle for the next 100 years.”

Bob Carter, Toyota Motor Sales’ senior vice president, seems never tired of getting his point for fuel cell vehicles across as Toyota is most obviously pushing its technology of choice with all its strength.

Naveen-Rabelli“It will be a long journey, but this can have an effect on the whole world.”

It will be a long journey indeed, we’d like to add, as Naveen Rabelli is attempting to go all the 6,000 miles from Bangalore to London in a self-made, solar-powered, electric tuk-tuk called Tejas, Sanskrit for ‘radiance.’ Safe travels, Naveen!

Aug 14, 2014 - 08:34 am

Bob Carter, Ferdinand Dudenhöffer.

Robert-Carter“Today, we’re on the cusp of the automotive hydrogen age… so this is the chance to get in the ground floor on what we strongly believe will be the car of the Future.”

And the future is hydrogen for Bob Carter, Toyota Motor Sales’ senior vice president, who sees FCVs to become the car of choice for “the next 100 years.”

Ferdinand-Dudenhoeffer“Merkel might have just as easily said that we would have 100,000 cars driving on the moon by 2020.”

Ferdinand Dudenhöffer, often referred to as Germany’s EV expert, once more speaks out against the governments policies to foster EVs. In his eyes, those policies are way to hesitant and not sufficient to reach the government’s goal to have one million electric cars on German roads by 2020.

Jun 27, 2014 - 08:39 am

Terry Gou, Bob Carter.

Terry-Gou“The electric cars made by us will be very affordable.”

Terry Gou, Chairman of Taiwanese Hon Hai Precision Industry Ltd. better known as Foxconn, on his company’s plans to produce electric cars costing less than 15,000 dollars. Hon Hai is believed to be a Tesla collaborator, but declined to comment on any link in the above context.

Robert-Carter“The success of fuel cell technology will depend less on the genius of the car, than on the ownership experience. Stay tuned, because this infrastructure thing is going to happen.”

Bob Carter, senior VP for Toyota Motor Sales USA, is positive that the FCV will become a success in the United States, where it will make its first appearance today at the 2014 Aspen Ideas Festival.


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Feb 7, 2014 - 09:48 am

Bob Carter, Ken Ogata.

Robert-Carter“If every vehicle in California ran on hydrogen, we could meet refuelling logistics with only 15 percent of the nearly 10,000 gasoline stations currently operating in the state.”

Speaking at the opening of the Chicago Auto Show yesterday, Toyota’s Senior Vice President Bob Carter said that the company’s green car credibility will continue to grow because of its upcoming hydrogen fuel cell car, due next year.

Ken-Ogata“Using this technique will help make battery design much more systematic, and less trial and error.”

Dr. Ken Ogata, Department of Engineering at Cambridge University, on a new method to monitor what happens inside silicon lithium batteries. The researchers went down to atomic level, using a combination of nanotechnology and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) techniques.

Jan 16, 2014 - 09:35 am

Bob Carter, David Friedman.

Robert-Carter“Personally I don’t really care what Elon and Carlos and Jonathan have to say about fuel cells. It’s very reminiscent of 1998, 1999 when we first introduced the Prius.”

Bob Carter, the Senior VP of Automotive Operations for Toyota USA, is certain, they will repeat the success of the hybrid with the upcoming fuel cell car as well.

David-Friedman“We believe they don’t pose any greater risks than gasoline-fueled vehicles.”

David Friedman, deputy administrator of the U.S. NHTSA, on electric cars, which he thinks are not more dangerous but simply different and posing different risks.

Jan 8, 2014 - 09:41 am

Friedrich Eichiner, Bob Carter, Paul Hollick.

Friedrich-Eichiner“Last year, about 90,000 electric vehicles have been sold worldwide and this year it will be another 150,000. If sales continue at this rate, the one million-mark will be reached in a few years.”

Friedrich Eichiner is the CFO of BMW. In an interview with a German newspaper, he talks about why even he is still waiting for his i3 to arrive and why the Bavarian e-car might become for the electric car market what the iPhone was for telecommunications.
abendblatt.de (In German)

Robert-Carter“Fuel-cell electric vehicles will be in our future sooner than many people believe and in much greater numbers than anyone expected.”

Bob Carter is Toyota’s senior vice president of automotive operations. When presenting the FCV, he was most certain of betting on the right technology.
earthtechling.com, greencarreports.com

Paul-Hollick“We’re confident that, with support from the corporate and public sectors, the adoption of EVs will more than double, from 4,200 to 10,000, over the next three years.”

Paul Hollick, chief commercial officer at Alphabet, believes that a tipping point for acceptance of EVs in fleets is reached since the involvement of mayor car manufacturers.

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