Elon Musk, Ferdinand Dudenhöffer
“Everything works on PowerPoint. If you like, I’ll give you a PowerPoint presentation about teleportation to the Andromeda Galaxy.”
Tesla mastermind Elon Musk is fed up of constantly claimed battery breakthroughs. In front of analysts he added: “When somebody has like some great claim that they’ve got this awesome battery send us a sample or send it to an independent lab. Otherwise, STF.”
“To have invented the technology means you’re Apple. Everyone else catching up is Samsung.”
Ferdinand Dudenhöffer, an expert on the automotive industry at the German University of Duisburg-Essen, calls Tesla a “formidable challenge” for Germany’s car industry. Without a U-turn in their strategy, German carmakers would endanger their position in a market they once dominated.
Dieter Zetsche, BMI Research, Ferdinand Dudenhöffer.
“We were one of the first automakers to develop and build its own cells. From a performance point of view, they were excellent, but they were not cost competitive. Today, the cell is almost a commodity good so the cost is going down fast.”
Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche on batteries for electric vehicles. He expects 100 euros per kWh by 2025 as costs for “electric controls, electric motors and all of the other parts” will decrease as well.
“If ZEVC were removed, Tesla Motors would lose a major source of income at a time when it is looking to ramp up its operations in order to launch the Model 3.”
Zero Emission Vehicle Credits are a mayor part of Tesla`s income, BMI Research says, but fears that these may be removed during the looming Trump administration.
“The electric cars from German manufacturers lack range. There is no comprehensive charging infrastructure available. In my opinion, the government cobbled together the incentive overnight in an amateur way and failed to prepare it professionally.”
Ferdinand Dudenhöffer, Germany’s answer to Bob Lutz, believes the buyers incentive is not enough and misguided. His continuous concern is range-angst.
Ferdinand Dudenhöffer, Alejandro Agag, Trip Chowdhry.
“With dieselgate, the world understood that diesel is last year’s model, that the environmental problems are too big and that a change of direction is needed.”
Ferdinand Dudenhoeffer, director of the Center for Automotive Research (CAR) at the University of Duisburg-Essen, focuses on the positives aspects of the cheat. If only diesel were truly that yesterday already…
“We are seeing now that there is a lot of competition between cities. If we were taking the costs, we could go to 300 cities in the world. Everyone would welcome us.”
Alejandro Agag, CEO of Formula E, explains his new business model. With demand that high, cities or promoters have to cover the cost of hosting the electric racing series.
“1,000,000 Auto Units production capacity per year now looks like a real possibility.”
Trip Chowdhry, analyst at Global Equities Research, is a regular guest at the Tesla facility in Fremont. Apparently, the production site is to double in size and is currently capable to churn out about half a million EVs.
Bob Carter, Ferdinand Dudenhöffer.
“Today, we’re on the cusp of the automotive hydrogen age… so this is the chance to get in the ground floor on what we strongly believe will be the car of the Future.”
And the future is hydrogen for Bob Carter, Toyota Motor Sales’ senior vice president, who sees FCVs to become the car of choice for “the next 100 years.”
“Merkel might have just as easily said that we would have 100,000 cars driving on the moon by 2020.”
Ferdinand Dudenhöffer, often referred to as Germany’s EV expert, once more speaks out against the governments policies to foster EVs. In his eyes, those policies are way to hesitant and not sufficient to reach the government’s goal to have one million electric cars on German roads by 2020.