Tag: Charlie Freese

Feb 22, 2016 - 09:38 am

Charlie Freese, Pravin Shah, Eric Ibara.

Charles-Freese“If we come too early with a fuel cell, the customer may not be happy.”

GM’s fuel cell chief Charlie Freese says that (one) of the reasons the carmaker is still shying away from introducing a FCV is that technological advancement is happening too quickly. By the time a fuel-cell propulsion system is ready, it is already pretty much outdated.

Pravin-Shah“We are ready with the product. We plan to launch the Mahindra e2o in many European markets in the next few months, starting with London very soon.”

CEO of Mahindra & Mahindra’s Automotive Division, Pravin Shah, confirmed that the small EV will arrive on European shores soon, technically for a second time. A previous version of the then called Reva has been sold as the G-Wiz in the UK in 2004.

Eric-Ibara“Nobody really knows, but there are few signals to lead us to believe that gas prices will spike up over the next few years. Because of that, we think hybrids are going to continue to struggle and as a result our residual value for that segment is also soft.”

Eric Ibara, Director of Residual Values at Kelley Blue Book, warns that the residual value of 2016 model-year hybrid and electric vehicles sold in the first two months of 2016 already dropped 4.1 percent compared to last year. Moreover, it could continue to decrease due to low petrol prices.

Nov 23, 2015 - 06:06 am

Nick Sampson, Uwe Ellinghaus, Charlie Freese.

Nick-Sampson“It’s Faraday and Tesla versus the entire motor industry. Why would I think that Tesla is a competitor?”

Nick Sampson, Senior Vice President of R&D and Engineering at Faraday Future, does not see Tesla as a competitor, but a like-minded carmaker. After all, Daimler and Ford did not consider the other the enemy when they both tried to “replace the horse.”

Uwe-Ellinghaus“And that’s why electro-mobility is no longer something you can build a brand upon. It’s not a differentiator, it’s an entry ticket into the luxury segment.”

Uwe Ellinghaus, Cadillac chief marketing officer, compares electric and hybrid drivetrains to the all-wheel drive, saying that every line-up need to have at least a plug-in variant, just like AWD needs to be an option for buyers.

Charles-Freese“Obviously we all have to work together, but the stations have to be available before the cars are there.”

Charlie Freese, executive director of fuel cell activities for General Motors, weighs in on the chicken-or the egg discussion concerning the future of the fuel cell market in California.

Found on electrive.com
22.02.2016 09:50