“We are at the leading edge in this technology, but at the same time, in the last five, six, seven years, battery electric vehicles have developed much faster and further than we expected, and the advantages of fuel-cell vehicles as far as range is concerned, as far as filling time is concerned, has become much smaller.”
Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche is not putting a lot of faith in fuel technology. The carmaker is still planning to “launch a four-digit number of fuel-cell vehicles” next year, but not everyone can buy them. But Zetsche also admits, that all could change in ten years.
“I believe the trend toward clean energy is irreversible.”
Outgoing U.S. President Barack Obama wrote in the journal Science that clean energy technology will continue under President Trump – whether he wants to or not. The reason is that people living in the U.S. have begun integrating the change in i.e. mobility into their own lives.
sciencemag.org via teslarati.com
“Over the last couple of years, German manufacturers and others have been investing very heavily in electric mobility. They are still a bit slower than Tesla but I wouldn’t underestimate their progress.”
Stefan Bratzel of the Center of Automotive Management (CAM) says that if Tesla does not manage to be profitable, it could be taken over by a company that is currently still playing catch-up.