Tag: Don Swearingen

Oct 19, 2017 - 09:57 am

Don Swearingen, Torsten Müller-Ötvös.

“The Outlander PHEV is unique, but we won’t have that for many years.”

Don Swearingen, VP of Mitsubishi Motors North America, on the Outlander PHEV.

“We might well see, in the next decade, some Asian markets closing down city centers to combustion engines completely. And then, of course, electrification is a must.”

Says Rolls-Royce CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös, so we may see an all-electric luxury glider rather sooner than later.

Nov 22, 2016 - 08:40 am

Matthias Müller, Don Swearingen, Elon Musk.

Matthias-Mueller“If more than a quarter of our cars are to be electronic vehicles in the in the foreseeable future then we are going to need approximately three million batteries a year. Then it makes sense to build our own factory.”

For Volkswagen CEO Matthias Müller, opening a first VW pilot battery factory seems like a logical move. Also due to the recent diesel scandal, the carmaker is looking to increase its electric offering significantly in the coming years.

Don-Swearingen“Nissan’s doing very well with the Leaf, which is fully electric. In many parts of the world, we’re doing extremely well with the plug-in hybrid. Maybe they can use that technology on plug-in, and we can use their advanced technology on fully electric vehicles.”

Don Swearingen, CEO Of Mitsubishi Motors North America speculates about possible synergies between Nissan and Misubishi. The former announced in May that it would buy 34 percent of Mitsubishi’s shares.

Elon-Musk-Twitter“A car like that should be aiming at shipping 300,000 to 500,000 per year.”

Elon Musk poked a little fun at GM for only releasing the Chevy Bolt in California and Oregon now, while other U.S. states could have to wait up to six months. GM says it took the same approach as with the second generation Volt – and why change a running system?

Mar 31, 2016 - 07:41 am

Don Swearingen, Edith Bald, Ian Callum.

Don-Swearingen“In Europe, it is the top-selling PHEV with over 50,000 sold. So there’s a great market. […] I’m very happy with the results. We hope to bring what they’re doing in Europe to the U.S.”

Don Swearingen, executive vice president of Mitsubishi Motors North America, feels optimistic about the future of PHEVs. He believes the biggest problem for the American market is education and expects that when consumers understand the technology, they’ll be more inclined to make the switch.

anonym“I don’t like the idea of free parking and other perks for people who can afford brand new cars, leaving those who can’t afford this luxury to carry the cost. I fear that in order to balance the books parking charges will go up and bus subsidies will come down.”

Conservative group leader Edith Bald expresses concern that the well-intended measures will backfire, as there are already not enough parking spaces in UK’s Central Milton Keynes. The local council plans to offer free parking to EV owners as part of their bid to become a “Go Ultra Low City.”

Ian-Callum“Within two years, we’ll have something that’s not driven by a petrol engine.”

Jaguar brand design director Ian Callum inadvertently confirmed that the company is working on an electric model. Autoguide also reports that the company filed patents for the EV-type name, and for I-Type and I-Pace models. This could mean there is an electric variant of the F-Type and F-Pace in the pipelines.


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Apr 10, 2015 - 09:01 am

Alejandro Agag, Don Swearingen, Toshiya Hayata, Jamaal McCoy.

Alejandro-Agag-2014“We have over 180 cities that have requested to have a race, and many of them are ready to pay quite substantial money for that.”

Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag finds himself in the position of actually having almost too much choice for where to showcase electric racing next. He has been namedropping Mexico, Hong Kong, and Paris, but that could also be a move to simply raise the stakes a little higher even.

Don-Swearingen“Our focus is more plug-in hybrids moving forward.”

Mitsubishi Motors North America Executive Vice President Don Swearingen on the company’s current strategy which will see it build more bigger PHEVs similar to the Outlander and other Crossovers.

Toyota-iRoad“Daimler doesn’t have anything smaller than the Smart. If we can make it work, the i-Road could have an advantage.”

Instead of going bigger, Toshiya Hayata, group manager of Toyota’s Smart Community department, sees a chance in smaller vehicles like the company’s tilting electric three wheeler. Tokyo residents can now trial the i-Road.

anonym“We just don’t have presence in the space currently. When someone thinks of an electric vehicle they don’t think of Chevrolet; they think Toyota or Tesla.”

Says Jamaal McCoy von Findlay of Chevrolet in Las Vegas. But if all goes to plan, this is to change with the arrival of the 2016 Volt. This time, GM promises dealers “significant marketing support” as it aims to enter the EV mainstream.

Found on electrive.com
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