Carlos Ghosn, Gregory Smith, Don Francis.
“I think electrification is not a question of ‘I want it or don’t want it.’ Electrification is happening.”
Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn is at the forefront of electrification himself. He further argues that demand will not come from consumers alone, but is best created by governments and regulators.
“You usually have a battery cell that delivers either the desired levels of energy or power, but not both. With this cell design and chemistry we were able to deliver a battery system with 160 kW of peak power and 60 kWh of energy.”
Gregory Smith, Bolt EV Battery Pack Engineering Group Manager, explains the reasoning behind the battery of Chevrolet’s Bolt EV. The carmaker wanted to balance performance with range and price.
“The market dropped like a rock.”
This is what happened without incentives, explains Don Francis, the coordinator of the federal Clean Cities program in Georgia. The state ended its rebate programme last summer and has since seen EV registrations drop by 90 percent.