Tag: Bob Lutz

Apr 3, 2017 - 09:51 pm

Sergio Marchionne, Bob Lutz.

Sergio-Marchionne“We need to be involved in Formula E because electrification via hybridisation is going to be part of our future.”

Ferrari’s CEO Sergio Marchionne underlines the luxury brand’s interest to take part in the Formula E. That it will become a full FE manufacturer is unlikely though, at least until 2022 but Ferrari could enter in to a branding partnership with an existing team.

bob-lutz“Don’t get me wrong, what Musk has achieved, whether it is profitable or not, is incredible.”

Auto industry legend Bob Lutz continues to doubt Tesla’s commercial viability but here for once shows some admiration and went as far as to say the Model S is “one of the best-looking full-size sedans ever.”

Nov 17, 2016 - 08:52 am

Wolfgang Ziebart, Koei Saga, Bob Lutz.

Wolfgang-Ziebart“The well to wheel relationship from the energy source to the vehicle is a disaster.”

Wolfgang Ziebart, Jaguar Land Rover’s technical design director, believes hydrogen-powered fuel cell technology as “complete nonsense,” as well to wheel efficiency is only about 30 percent. Battery-electric vehicle technology has an efficiency of 70%.

Koei-Saga“I think in the future diesels could cost double what we pay for a hybrid.”

Koei Saga, chief of Toyota’s powertrain division, predicts that the cost of necessary and complex emission treatments will rise significantly in the future. However, he believes the technology will continue have a role in the global car industry for some time to come.

bob-lutz“There’s the market of what the market wants, and there’s the market of what the federal government wants. And the two markets are miles apart.”

Industry veteran Bob Lutz says it’s up to carmakers to bring those two markets closer together, as they have to invest in electric mobility to meet government standards. So best make the cars so that they are wanted and bought.

Aug 22, 2016 - 08:22 am

Elizabeth Cabraser, Bob Lutz.

Elizabeth-Cabraser“That $2 billion in new investment Volkswagen has to make, that’s not investment in their own electric car projects, that’s direct investment in infrastructure for everyone.”

Elizabeth Cabraser, the lead counsel for the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in the Volkswagen emissions litigation, explains that VW’s has to invest in others’ low-emission technologies in order to make up for the low-emission rates it promised but couldn’t deliver.

bob-lutz“Tesla burns cash. It’s not a car company, it’s a cult of fanatics who think Elon Musk can do no wrong. But financially, it doesn’t work.”

Bob Lutz, former GM chairman, doesn’t believe that Tesla will still exist 20 years from now. He compared the carmaker to socialism, implying that it runs on public funds and will seize to exits once the money runs out. He is clearly missing the point.



May 18, 2016 - 08:14 am

Sadiq Khan, Takahiro Hachigo, Bob Lutz.

Sadiq-Khan“I have been elected with a clear mandate to clean up London’s air. The previous mayor was too slow on this issue, the government has been hopelessly inactive and it’s Londoners who are suffering as a result.”

London’s new mayor Sadiq Khan has proposed a new ‘T-Charge’ (for toxicity) that would penalise drivers of polluting vehicles in the British capital. As it will supposedly be based on NOx emissions, diesel vehicles would be hit first with the fee.

Takahiro-Hachigo“We see the PHEV as a necessary step but not the goal.”

Honda Motor President and CEO Takahiro Hachigo acknowledges plug-in hybrids but ultimately aims at electric and fuel cell vehicles instead. His prediction is that by 2050, “these cars will be dominant in the mix of models we build.”

bob-lutz“I think it’s going to be delayed again.”

Bob Lutz shows “concern” regarding the Tesla Model 3. He continues to repeat his usual argument that the EV maker’s business model is flawed, as it is not driven by (short term) profit.

Dec 18, 2015 - 07:47 am

David Martell, Bob Lutz, Stephan Winkelmann.

David-Martell“It means that many plug in hybrid vehicle drivers will simply not bother fitting a charger at home and run their cars on fossil fuel instead. To get the full benefit of owning an EV, a homecharger is vital.”

David Martell, CEO of Chargemaster, is not happy about the UK government’s decision to reduce the grant for the installation of home charging stations from 700 to 500 pounds. (Also see fleet news below.)

bob-lutz“I no longer have access to General Motors figures, but I would be surprised and shocked if the 200-mile electric Bolt is going to make money. You look at the cost per kilowatt hour of batteries and the number of kilowatt hours they have got in there and then you look at the selling price. It’s just not going to work.”

America’s EV pope Bob Lutz does not believe that GM is embarking on a profitable venture with its Bolt EV. GM figures like a retail price of 30,000 dollars and 145 USD/kWh speak another language. Lutz calls for joint EV development between carmakers instead of risking to lose profit or to raise prices of other models.

Stephan-Winkelmann“A Lamborghini has to be about noise, about excitement. For the time being we have our own strategy.”

Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann admits that the upcoming Urus SUV might come with a hybrid engine but rejects such electrifying plans for the firm’s “super-sports cars” like the Huracán and Aventador — unless he is left with no choice.

Nov 9, 2015 - 09:44 am

John Kerry, Bob Lutz, Dilbagh Gill.

John-Kerry“Clean energy is not just the solution to climate change; it’s also one of the greatest economic opportunities the world has ever seen.”

U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry explains why the government rejected a building permit for the Keystone XL pipeline, which would have transported crude oil from Canadian tar sands to the U.S. Yet, the Obama administration later announced its support for nuclear energy.
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bob-lutz“The whole Clean Diesel campaign, as the foundation of the VW brand, cannot be resurrected. It’s history.”

Industry veteran Bob Lutz looks at Volkswagen’s rigged diesel cars and recalls his encounters with Ferdinand Piech, who he holds responsible for creating a culture of fear in which (forced) fraud could flourish.
roadandtrack.com via greencarreports.com

Dilbagh-Gill“To be honest we just under-estimated the championship, and we under-resourced ourselves. We realised that half way through the season, and we started closing the gap to the other teams ahead which was already considerable.”

Mahindra boss Dilbagh Gill critically revises the firms Formula E performance but considers it as a strong learning experience that evolves continuously.


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Oct 28, 2015 - 09:22 am

Jörg Hofmann, Bob Lutz, Yoshikazu Tanaka.

Joerg-Hofmann“It’s a real tragedy how auto manufacturers, suppliers and the government are shoving responsibility to and fro.”

Jörg Hofmann, head of IG-Metall (German Industrial Union of Metalworkers), adds his voice to a choir of German industrialists and politicians demanding local battery cell production. Yet, neither the public nor the private sector seems willing to make the first move in the face of strong Asian competition.

bob-lutz“I like Elon Musk personally, and I think the Model S is a fabulous car, but history’s filled with defunct companies with great products run by brilliant people. Unless Tesla rights its organization and products in a hurry, it’ll join those ranks.”

Industry veteran Bob Lutz adopts the role of a caring yet worried elder as he advises Tesla to cut costs and consider to offer a hybrid. Lutz believes that otherwise “at some point they will not get any more money.”

Yoshikazu-Tanaka“At the point we believe the SUV would be very attractive as an FCV, we will do that.”

This was said by Toyota Mirai chief engineer Yoshikazu Tanaka ahead of the Tokyo Motor Show. A fuel cell SUV thus seems to be a question of when rather than if.

Sep 28, 2015 - 08:38 am

Elon Musk, Bob Lutz.

Elon-Musk-Twitter“We’re actually in talks with some manufacturers about doing just that, and it will be exciting to share that news.”

Elon Musk once again emphasized that he is willing to open up the Supercharger network to other manufacturers. But non-Tesla EVs must be able to support the chargers’ power output and carmakers would have to chip in according to their usage of the system.

bob-lutz“There is absolutely no reason to assume that Apple is going to be financially successful in the electric car business.”

Former General Motors Vice Chairman Bob Lutz thinks Apple’s reported EV venture is going to be a ‘gigantic money pit.’ He points towards established car industry incumbents who have been failing to make electric cars economically viable for years.
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Sep 24, 2015 - 09:42 am

Bob Lutz, Chris Anderson.

bob-lutz“One thing they will likely do with their electric vehicles is to sell the credits to other manufacturers, who need them. Currently, for Tesla that is the only large and sustainable revenue Tesla has.”

Industry veteran Bob Lutz comments on Apple’s plans to build electric cars. Would he be a shareholder, he would ask some serious questions as he believes the plans are nothing but a “gigantic money pit.”

anonym“Someday history will record the VW diesel scandal as the global tipping point for electric cars.”

On Twitter, former Wired editor and noted prognosticator Chris Anderson predicts the end of the world as we know, as newspapers forecast further regulation or even bans of diesel cars.

Aug 4, 2015 - 08:24 am

Dairmuid O'Connell, Peter Schmidt, Bob Lutz.

Diarmuid-O-Connell“We are about to hear a lot of rhetoric that Americans don’t want to buy electric vehicles. From an empirical standpoint, the regulations are very weak, eminently achievable and the only thing missing is the will to put compelling products on the road.”

Dairmuid O’Connell, Tesla’s VP of development, is tired of listening to carmakers lamenting tighter emission standards. Instead, he imputes all responsibility to reluctant carmakers, while calling on authorities to make the rules even tougher.

Peter-Schmidt“Batteries are a huge handicap. The cost, the increasing amount of energy for cooling, they cannibalize themselves wasting electric power to keep cool, the weight and range anxiety and the time to recharge. You don’t have this with hydrogen and they have the range of gasoline and diesel cars.”

Peter Schmidt, editor at Automotive Industry Data (AID), sees fuel cell cars the way to go in what he calls the “longterm future,” that is beyond 2025, given that hydrogen infrastructure will continue to be build up.

bob-lutz“The end state is going to be the fully autonomous, fully electric module with no capability for the driver to steer it or exercise any sort of command. You will call it up, it will arrive at the domicile, you’ll get in, input the destination and go to the freeway.”

Industry veteran Bob Lutz delivers his vision of the future of mobility, which seems pretty convenient at first glance. However, standardisation and intermodality do not hold many gains for traditional carmakers, but for IT corporations.

Jun 10, 2015 - 08:11 am

Marc Girard, Bob Lutz, Samuel Jeanson.

Marc-Girard“It is a positive that there are more competitors in the electric-car segment. Being a standalone player on such a big field is difficult. The positive effect is it brings (awareness) higher, so we see it positively.”

Marc Girard, head of the Interior Design department at BMW, gives a rather exciting and fearless outlook on more i-series models to come. After all, there are “a lot of numbers between 3 and 8,” he added.

bob-lutz“I think [the battery] is greatly overvalued because having batteries as backup storage has been around for hundreds of years. I can’t understand the fascination with this.”

Bob Lutz, also known as “father of the Chevy Volt,” says he does not understand the hype about energy storage, particularly not that offered by Tesla. According to Lutz, lead acid batteries are cheaper but will do the job just as well.
cnbc.com via hybridcars.com

Samuel-Jeanson“This is THE test… The early majority are looking, curious, and interested–but no more. If the experience at the dealer level isn’t satisfying, they will buy a conventional car … and that’s it.”

Bourgeois Chevrolet co-owner Samuel Jeanson says sales experience is crucial for EV adoption, which is now slowly moving away from early adopters to an early majority. His dealership has been awarded for its plug-in sales twice already.

Sep 29, 2014 - 08:31 am

Bob Lutz, Diarmuid O'Connell.

bob-lutz“When you look at it, their total production to date is still less than one day’s production of General Motors or Ford. So it’s filled with a lot of hype.”

Bob Lutz, former product manager at GM and one of the fathers of the Chevy Volt, says that Tesla has to develop a next generation of EVs with smaller batteries, if it wants to become an established brand.

Diarmuid-O-Connell“The opportunity with Daimler gave us an endorsement and credibility when we were an interesting phenomenon in the market.”

Said Diarmuid O’Connell, Tesla vice president of business development, when he spoke with investor and Tesla board member Ehrenpreis at the recent Renewable Energy Finance Forum in San Francisco.

Found on electrive.com
03.04.2017 21:07