Tag: Dieter Zetsche

Apr 7, 2015 - 09:09 am

Johan de Nysschen, Dieter Zetsche.

Johan-de-Nysschen“We will roll out plug-in hybrids across our portfolio. It’s part of confirming the progressive nature of the brand.”

Cadillac CEO Johan de Nysschen confirmed that more PHEV variants of its models will follow the unveiling of the CT6 last week. He though also said that there will most likely not be a new version of the Cadillac ELR.
hybridcars.com (hybrids), hybridcars.com (ELR)

Dieter-Zetsche“We will most certainly not build a Tesla fighter.”

Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche says that if Mercedes-Benz builds a “fighter”, it will be directed at established competitors, not at Tesla.

Mar 10, 2015 - 09:18 am

Joachim Fetzer, Ulrich Hackenberg, Dieter Zetsche.

Joachim-Fetzer“I believe we will soon be able to deliver the best batteries from Europe, including the cells.”

Joachim Fetzer, head of electric mobility at Bosch, is certain that a decision about battery cell production in Europe will not be made until 2018. He also believes that Tesla will be able to reduce battery costs to 100 euros/kWh (109 dollars/kWh).
automobil-industrie.vogel.de (in German)

Ulrich-Hackenberg“It’s a more passenger orientated car, so for more than two passengers. But it will be a car which can be used by families that have some money, it is premium. It will have a big battery capacity and a range of more than 500km (313 miles). We will make a presentation soon.”

Audi’s head of engineering Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg confirms that Audi will take on the Tesla Model X with a large, all-electric SUV with a range of more than 300 miles.

Dieter-Zetsche“As proven by Tesla, there can be a market at the other side of the range as well. If that is a possibility, we are investigating.”

Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche hinted at the Geneva Motor Show that Mercedes may be working on an electric limousine. He also said that the reason EVs have not been successful (yet), is because they tend to be in cheaper segments.

Feb 26, 2015 - 10:01 am

Dieter Zetsche, Damien Meredith.

Dieter-Zetsche“If there were a rumor that Mercedes or Daimler planned to start building smart phones then they (Apple) would not be sleepless at night. And the same applies to me and this is full of respect for Apple.”

Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche cannot understand why Apple wants to build an electric car. Nor does he believe that it could have any impact on the industry. Funny, since Nokia argued in a similar way before Apple got into the mobile phone business.

Damien-Meredith“I was always a great believer in fuel cell technology, it’s the way of the future. So it’s hybrid, plug-in hybrid, then probably fuel cell. That’s my view.”

Kia Motors Australia CEO Damien Meredith says that it is difficult to decide whether the company should introduce a hybrid to the Australian market, a technology he sees as a stepping stone.



Jan 8, 2015 - 09:24 am

Barack Obama, Chetan Maini, Dieter Zetsche.

Barack-Obama“I would strongly advise American consumers to continue to think about how you save money at the pump because it is good for the environment, it’s good for family pocketbooks and if you go back to old habits and suddenly gas is back at $3.50, you are going to not be real happy.”

U.S. president Barack Obama is warning his fellow Americans to get overly excited about the currently low oil prices. He recommends to buy smaller, fuel-efficient vehicles.

Chetan-Maini“India as a market has a huge potential for EVs. Various factors such as incessant stop-go traffic, long distance travel, fuel prices, and effects on health, noise & air pollution, stressful driving due to jammed roads make EVs a viable option in India.”

Chetan Maini, CEO of Mahindra Reva, believes that electric cars could solve many of India’s transport problems. However, potential customers perceive EVs to be too expensive while infrastructure and comprehensive policies remain scarce.

Dieter-Zetsche“Selling these shares had nothing but financial considerations. We bought low and sold high, which is typically a good thing.”

Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche quietens speculations that the relationship with Tesla has gained a competitive edge. Zetsche continued by emphasising the “good relationship” with Tesla, which is supplying the entire drivetrain system for the B-class ED.

Dec 11, 2014 - 10:17 am

Carlos Ghosn, Dieter Zetsche.

Carlos-Ghosn“Over the past century, we’ve spent trillions of dollars to develop a sophisticated global infrastructure around petroleum. Gasoline service stations are now so common in the industrialized world that people often forget conventional cars have a limited range.”

Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn wrote in a post on LinkedIn. He believes, a similar expansion will be possible for charging stations and that initiatives to boost charging infrastructure always lead to growing EV sales.

Dieter-Zetsche“Today, unlike five years ago, I am convinced that we will be able to reach a range of 400 or 500 kilometers in this decade, keeping weight and costs to a minimum.”

Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche said in an interview with German magazine Stern, talking about self-driving electric cars of the future. And he clearly favors batteries over fuel cell technology.
stern.de (in German)

Nov 6, 2014 - 09:29 am

Dieter Zetsche, Chelsea Sexton, Roger Brown.

Dieter-Zetsche“You can reasonably say that nobody today is making a battery-powered vehicle that’s economically viable in its own right. Manufacturers will not see a return within a reasonable time on the billions they’re investing now.”

Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche notes that the carmaker put less effort in the design of its Mercedes B-Class ED, than BMW did in the i3. Also, using a Tesla drivetrain required less work than developing one in house.

Chelsea-Sexton“A decade back, no one looked at their original cassette player and said, ‘I wish I could watch TV on it and use it as a phone.'”

EV advocate and industry consultant Chelsea Sexton believes that as EVs become more popular, people will realize that they want something they could not have before. A phenomenon, she says, much like we saw with smartphones.

Fisker-Symbol“We are talking with 5 total states in incentives and what states are good and bad. We will make the decision end of year or first of 2015. Wanxiang wants us to go to Delaware but we must decide on our own.”

Fisker president Roger Brown says the carmaker has yet to decide on a production site for the new Karma and Atlantic. Which states are being considered was not disclosed.


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Oct 22, 2014 - 08:38 am

Dieter Zetsche, Martin Lidegaard, Markus Lienkamp.

Dieter-Zetsche“Our partnership with Tesla is very successful and will be continued.”

Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG, that has “restructured” its cooperation with Tesla Motors and sold its stake in Tesla of approximately 4%. Holding shares in Tesla “is not necessary for our partnership and cooperation,” Bodo Uebber, the Daimler board member for finance added.

Martin-Lidegaard“All countries of Europe could benefit from this flexible approach. That’s why we’re pressing for it as a solution.”

Martin Lidegaard, the foreign minister of Denmark, welcomes the latest draft of the EU’s 2030 climate and energy package, which expands carbon offsetting to the transport sector. The draft is due to be agreed later this week.

Markus-Lienkamp“With the Visio.M we have demonstrated that it is possible to build a very light and at the same time safe car with overall costs that we expect to be lower than those of comparable combustion-engine cars. But it is still a long way to serial production because almost all components must be adapted to the manufacturing conditions of large series.”

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Markus Lienkamp, Chair of the TU Munich Institute of Automotive Technology, says that even though the EV will not be built immediately, it is an all-around car and, due to its light weight, very energy efficient. The Visio.M. was presented on Monday (we reported).

Oct 7, 2014 - 08:32 am

Maxime Picat, Dieter Zetsche, Didier Leroy.

Maxime-Picat“I think we will need plug-in hybrids by the end of the decade. Maybe we will go faster, but we are not going to be first and are not in a rush.”

Peugeot CEO Maxime Picat is in no rush to electrify, not even partially. However, if it will finally happen, Peugeot will take VW as an example as Picat does not see a “future in the long-term for specific electric cars” like BMW’s i3.

Dieter-Zetsche“This is not something where you are first to market and then can run away and sell hundreds of thousands of vehicles. It’s something where we have to set the stage for this industry change together.”

Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche when asked about Toyota’s rather offensive hydrogen strategy. Him and strategic partner Carlos Ghosn from Renault-Nissan would like to see a more cooperative effort instead – if at all.

Didier-Leroy“We want to take the lead in fuel cell technology just as we took the lead in hybrids.”

Toyota itself however, here spoken for by Didier Leroy, head of the European operations, leaves no doubt as to what the Japanese carmaker set out to achieve with its fuel-cell vehicles.

Jul 1, 2014 - 08:17 am

Dieter Zetsche, Wang Cheng.

Dieter-Zetsche“What Elon Musk did, is taking batteries from consumer electronics, combining them to big packs with intelligent battery management systems. That is no rocket science.”

Dieter Zetsche, head of Daimler AG, comments on Tesla’s recent move to make its patents public, saying it may be good PR for the California carmaker, but that it cannot teach Daimler anything it did not already know.
autogazette.de (in German)

Wang-Cheng“Traditional automakers are under pressure to maintain growth and have not devoted 100 percent to EVs. The success of Tesla inspired both the industry regulators and players in the sense that a non-automaker can really make EVs work.”

Wang Cheng from the China Automotive Technology & Research Center explains why it would be useful for China to let companies other than carmakers take a stab at conquering the EV market, with Tesla being the best example that it can push industry and politics forward.

Apr 24, 2014 - 08:22 am

Dieter Zetsche, Moreno Fioravanti.

Dieter-Zetsche“A question is, when do you realistically see the next-generation batteries. Lithium air, lithium sulfur? No one has the answer to the next generation…it might be late for that kind of investment.”

Dieter Zetsche, Daimler CEO, has no intention to invest in Tesla’s Gigafactory. However, his reason might not be the fear to invest in a technology that could be obsolete by then but rather Daimler’s intent to produce its own cells. The company has just recently acquired two German battery businesses: Li-Tec Battery GmbH and Deutsche ACCUmotive GmbH (we reported).

Moreno-Fioravanti“We would like the Chinese e-bike makers to stop using these polluting batteries and want them to stop the export of e-bikes that have lead-acid batteries to Europe.”

Moreno Fioravanti represented EU industry associations COLIBI/COLIPED at recent talks with the China Bicycle Association (CBA). The aim is to harmonise safety standards for pedelecs and e-bikes on a global scale based on EN 15194.

Mar 5, 2014 - 10:09 am

Dieter Zetsche, Ferdinand Piëch, Martin Winterkorn.

Dieter-Zetsche“With Tesla, we are already implementing strategies and will continue to do so in the future. Investing in Tesla was one of the best things we ever did.”

At the opening of the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, Dieter Zetsche, CEO of Daimler AG, praised the California-based carmaker and its plans. Could this mean that Daimler will take part in Tesla’s Gigafactory?
automobil-produktion.de (in German)

Ferdinand-Piech“In my garage is no space for this.”

Speaking at the opening of the Geneva Motor Show, Volkswagen patriarch Ferdinand Piëch has once again come out as the dinosaur of the German automotive industry. When asked about Tesla he stated: “We don’t need burning cars.”
German newspaper ‘Handelsblatt’, 05.03.2014, p. 47

martin-winterkorn“Further high-efficiency models such as the Audi A8, A6 and Q7 or the plug-in hybrid version of the Volkswagen Passat are to follow soon. Because this technology has a future.”

Volkswagen-CEO Martin Winterkorn said in his remarks prior to the opening of the 2014 Geneva Motor Show that the Group’s assembly kits (such as the MQB platform) could easily allow for the electrification of more than 40 models in the coming years.

Feb 3, 2014 - 09:52 am

Dieter Zetsche, Herbert Diess.

Dieter-Zetsche“Their project leader was a former member of our team so we have a lot of very good links, a very constructive good relationship, which certainly has room for further expansion.”

Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche is full of praise for Tesla and open to working on new projects together with the Californian carmaker in the future.

Herbert-Diess“Public infrastructure is not really very important because most people are charging their cars at home.”

According to Herbert Diess, board member of BMW, home charging stations are the real key to EV acceptance. Diess underscored its point with is own experience: “Not once have I touched public charging.”

Found on electrive.com
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