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