Tag: Håkan Samuelsson

Mar 8, 2022 - 03:57 pm

Polestar expands their Supervisory Board

Before its planned listing on the US stock exchange Nasdaq in the second half of this year, the electric car manufacturer Polestar has announced that it will expand its supervisory board. Some heads from Volvo will join the board – and ex-Opel CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann.

Feb 8, 2019 - 01:33 pm

Volvo searching for Polestar investors

Volvo is currently holding talks with Chinese and US investors to generate additional capital for its Polestar electric car brand. Meanwhile, the subsidiary has announced that the Polestar 2, the brand’s first all-electric model, will be officially presented on February 27.



Jul 3, 2018 - 02:49 pm

Volvo XC40 Electric to be profitable “from day one”

Volvo is preparing for the launch of the electrified XC40 series and has narrowed down on price. The all-electric XC40 will cost about 50,000 dollars according to Volvo CEO Håkan Samuelsson. He also affirmed Volvo’s intention to be profitable “from day one” at a media event.

Apr 25, 2018 - 05:13 pm

Every 2nd Volvo sold to be purely electric by 2025

The Swedish brand is advancing its transition into a premium plug-in label fast as Volvo aims for fully electric cars to account for half of its total sales by 2025. This builds on their plans that new models released from 2019 will be electrified in some form.

Sep 11, 2017 - 08:50 am

Hakan Samuelsson, Takeshi Uchiyamada.

“We bought it with this in mind. We have been working in secret preparing for this. That’s why we can already show the first cars [this autumn].”

Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson on the Polestar brand that the firm bought in 2015 – apparently already with the plan to make it into what he calls a “high performance electric brand focused on progressive performance.”

“In order for vehicles to be powered solely by batteries, we still need two or three more technological breakthroughs.”

Toyota Chairman Takeshi Uchiyamada here again exhibits his restrain when it comes to fully electric cars and would not say, when Toyota plans to join the all-electric club.


Jul 6, 2017 - 07:58 am

Håkan Samuelsson, Zhang Hui.

Hakan-Samuelsson“This announcement marks the end of the solely combustion engine-powered car. Volvo Cars has stated that it plans to have sold a total of 1m electrified cars by 2025. When we said it we meant it. This is how we are going to do it.”

Volvo CEO Håkan Samuelsson made it official, the Geely-owned manufacturer will never again build a car without some sort of electric propulsion comes 2019 (also see news above). The more electric, the better, we’d say.

Zhang-Hui“We do not have the problem of ‘Made in China’ or ‘Made in Germany’. We hope to utilise global resources to provide consumers with the best products.”

Says Zhang Hui, general manager of NextEV. The firm operates a design centre with more than a 100 employers in Munich but will build its electric cars in China together with JAC. “Designed in Germany” could be the catchphrase to use.

May 19, 2017 - 08:05 am

Hakan Samuelsson, Gina Coplon-Newfield.

Hakan-Samuelsson“We have to recognise that Tesla has managed to offer such a car for which people are lining up. In this area, there should also be space for us, with high quality and attractive design.”

Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson credits Tesla with launching demand for electric vehicles, which he believes will also play into his own mission.

Gina-Coplon-Newfield“When manufacturers say buyers aren’t interested in buying electric vehicles, it’s a self-fulfilling prophecy.”

Gina Coplon-Newfield, director of electric vehicles initiative at the Sierra Club. Her organisation had 308 tested car dealers and found that most did not know much about electric cars or were mis-informed.

Mar 22, 2017 - 09:50 am

Herbert Diess, Håkan Samuelsson, Andy Palmer.

Herbert-Diess-VW“I am confident that already the first cars will be profitable, not hugely profitable but profitable.”

VW brand boss Herbert Diess shows confidence in the firm’s first MEB model, the VW I.D. that he believes will be profitable from the start.

Hakan-Samuelsson“Looking further down the line, at under 95 [g/km by 2020], diesel will not be able to help us. Only electrification can.”

Volvo CEO Håkan Samuelsson leaves no doubt about where we are going in the future, or better how – electric, esp. as he considers “improving the efficiency of the combustion engine more or less done, so the next step has to be hybridization and pure-electric cars.”

Andy-Palmer-Nissan“The next thing you will see is that some cities demand you have an electric car on certain days.”

Says Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer, who also confirmed the electric RapidE for 2018, which will render the petrol variant redundant.

Mar 8, 2017 - 11:36 am

Håkan Samuelsson, Johan van Zyl.

Hakan-Samuelsson“We will introduce our first all-electric car in 2019, and by 2025 I can see us offering a pure electric model in all of our ranges.”

Volvo CEO Håkan Samuelsson is future-oriented and doubts that diesel will last much longer than 2020, when “twin engine (hybrid) and all electric cars will become more favourable cost-wise.”

Johan-van-Zyl“We are on our way of achieving our target of having 50 percent of our mix in hybrids by 2020.”

Toyota’s European President & CEO Johan van Zyl is another who prepares for a less fossil fuel heavy future. His colleague Didier Leroy, Toyota’s VP, added that the fuel cell car the carmkaer is developing with BMW will be ready in three to five years.

Oct 7, 2016 - 07:37 am

Christian Senger, Håkan Samuelsson, Jürgen Schenk.

Christian-Senger“I believe when we enter the market in 2020, this is exactly the time when e-mobility will accelerate out of its niche. Battery costs are making significant improvements. The charging will improve. There is no more range anxiety, the cost point is down, we will be able to serve the new customer demand.”

VW’s electric vehicle chief Christian Senger fends talk that the carmaker is waiting too long to launch the I.D. Volkswagen has never been an early mover, but waited long enough to introduce its products to hit a nerve with the masses. And it seems to aim for the same strategy here.

Hakan-Samuelsson“In 2019 we will launch our first electric car, but for this to succeed we need to have a range of 400 km (250 miles) and charging in 30 minutes, and we will need partners to ensure the infrastructure is there.”

Volvo president and CEO Håkan Samuelsson makes it clear, which side the Swedes are taking in the hen or the egg discussion. Yes, battery technology has to improve, but without enough places to plug in, the carmaker won’t push the issue too far.

Juergen-Schenk“We could have a range of 1000 km, but then there is the cost to balance. Eventually, the customer will choose their EV just like they choose a car now – picking the best balance of performance and cost for their needs.”

Mercedes’ chief electric vehicle engineer Jürgen Schenk believes that in the future, battery prices will continue drop, while performance continues to increase. But he says that while range anxiety plays a key role today, it’s not everything.

Sep 28, 2016 - 08:17 am

Håkan Samuelsson, Karl Schlicht, Michael Grewe.

Hakan-Samuelsson“Diesel is becoming more and more expensive. We will have to rely on an alternative.”

Volvo CEO Håkan Samuelsson predicts the end of the diesel within the next 15 years due to tightening emission legislation. Therefore, carmakers will need to rely on EVs and self-driving cars.
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Karl-Schlicht“We’re on track to sell close to 300,000 hybrids this year.”

Karl Schlicht, Executive VP of Toyota Europe, proudly talks about numbers that pose a new record for the Japanese firm. So far, hybrid sales are up 45 percent compared to 2015 and Europe is Toyota’s fastest-growing region for hybrid sales.

anonym“I cannot say when the factory will be built, but we intend to have high-voltage battery production here to support Thailand’s future car market.”

Michael Grewe, President and CEO at Mercedes-Benz Thailand, is thinking about building a PHEV battery facility in the country to serve local demand better.

Sep 19, 2016 - 06:45 am

Michael Brecht, Håkan Samuelsson, Jim Cramer.

Michael-Brecht“The number of staff you need to build a combustion engine is roughly tenfold compared to the number of staff for an electric engine.”

Daimler’s works council chief Michael Brecht is calling for participation of production sites in Mercedes’ planned push for electrification. To avoid job loss, Daimler should manufacture more EV components itself.

Hakan-Samuelsson“I think Tesla have done it right. I must give them credit – they have made a car with emotional values also.”

Volvo boss Håkan Samuelsson admits that Tesla understood that a car must be more than just a vehicle to get from A to B. For the Sino-Swedes, he can imagine to make a similar proposition with a fully electric car in the premium segment.

Jim-Cramer“My problem with GM is that it’s not cool. It’s not. Tesla is cool, and that’s a very hard to factor in.”

Finance analyst Jim Cramer, too thinks that a Tesla holds a bigger promise and thus places the Model 3 ahead of GM’s Chevy Bolt EV in the run for mass market.

Jul 8, 2016 - 08:12 am

Thierry Bolloré, Håkan Samuelsson.

Thierry-Bollore“Plug-ins and EVs could grow in parallel. It all depends on the geographical regions and what customers expect.”

Thierry Bolloré, Chief Competitive Officer at Renault, wants to keep his options open. He sees EVs and PHEVs as having huge growth potential, while the cost of batteries for both is dropping.

Hakan-Samuelsson“We will not have the highest volume, but we strive to have the highest percentage. This commitment is clear. Also, by 2025 we want to sell 1 million electrified cars, this includes plug-in hybrids and full-electric cars.”

Volvo CEO Håkan Samuelsson says that his company wants to stay ahead of the game and “be faster than the shift” to electrification. He sees PHEVs as an “interesting alternative to the diesel engine.”

Apr 22, 2016 - 08:56 am

Elon Musk, Tony Seba, Håkan Samuelsson.

Elon-Musk-Twitter“We have an idea for something which is not exactly a bus, but would solve the density problem in intercity situations. I think we need to rethink the whole concept of public transport and create something that people are actually gonna like a lot more. I don’t want to talk too much about it.”

Tesla CEO Elon Musk hinted at an autonomous transportation service during his visit in Norway. While he did not give much information, he did say that he was not talking about the Hyperloop and that self-driving cars were key to his vision.

Tony-Seba“So, in fact, the end of the ICE vehicle era may happen faster than my 2025 prediction. By the way, this is not just the end of the ICE car era. My prediction is that by 2025 all new vehicles will be electric: cars, SUVs, trucks, buses, tractors, anything that moves on the ground with wheels.”

Tony Seba, researcher at Stanford University, predicts electric cars will soon become much cheaper than its petrol-driven predecessors, disrupting the market as early as 2020. Also because the price of vehicles with combustion engines is rising faster than expected.

Hakan-Samuelsson“It is a deliberately ambitious target. It is going to be a challenge, but Volvo wants to be at the forefront of this shift to electrification.”

Volvo CEO Håkan Samuelsson comments on the manufacturer’s goal to sell one million electrified cars by 2025. The first all-electric Swedish vehicle is said to hit the road by 2019.

Feb 29, 2016 - 09:07 am

Hakan Samuelsson, Catherine McKenna, Lee Jung-Kook.

Hakan-Samuelsson“We see no future for diesel engines in the U.S. After what has happened, you can say clearly that we believe in the gasoline engine and plug-in hybrids for the U.S. and China.”

Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson believes that, while the cost of diesel in Europe makes it a very different market, the future of automobiles in the U.S. and China is clear.

Catherine-McKenna“There’s going to be a package of measures at the end of the six-month process that will be real actions to reduce emissions. One of those is a price on carbon.”

Catherine McKenna, Canada’s Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, discusses the liberal government’s commitment of reducing emissions. Despite opposition, the Canadian government intends to follow through with climate control measures.

anonym“Electric cars do not make roaring sounds since they have electric motors.”

Lee Jung-Kook, PR team manager at Renault Samsung, hopes to quell allegations of “sudden unintended acceleration (SUA)” in the electric SM3 by countering one plaintiff’s mention of a roaring sound. In some cases, drivers have been found at fault for SUA, and not the car.

Oct 16, 2015 - 10:12 am

John Martin, Khobi Brooklyn, Håkan Samuelsson.

John-Martin“People ask me: ‘When are you going to compete with Tesla?’ And I ask them, ‘When is Tesla going to compete against me?”

John Martin, Nissan North America’s senior vice president of manufacturing and supply chain management, clearly is a man that thinks in numbers and large scale – something Tesla is indeed unable to compete with, yet.

Khobi-Brooklyn“We don’t have plans for retooling Model S at the moment.”

Khobi Brooklyn, Tesla’s communications manager, disperses all thoughts of Tesla refreshing the looks of its 4-year old pioneer anytime soon. Those wanting something different simply have to opt for the Model X or buy another software upgrade.

Hakan-Samuelsson“We believe that the time has come for electrified cars to cease being a niche technology and enter the mainstream.”

Says Volvo CEO Håkan Samuelsson as the Swedish announce a new wave of electrification that will see PHEV versions of all Volvo cars as well as a new electric car with 500-kilometre range.

Feb 20, 2015 - 10:01 am

Håkan Samuelsson, Alejandro Agag, Dan Akerson.

Hakan-Samuelsson“I think in the future there will be an evolution, also maybe downsizing of the engines, and more batteries, more powerful batteries, and then you can call that an electric car with a range extender. It’s exactly the same technology. So, that’s the path we have chosen.”

Volvo CEO Håkan Samuelsson does not believes in pure electric cars but apparently aims at something like a very evolved plug-in hybrid which some then might call a range-extended EV. Question is, where do you draw the line?

Alejandro-Agag-2014“In terms of technical changes, we certainly want teams to keep the same chassis as that’s not the technological direction we want them to focus on. Instead, we want teams to concentrate on developing new powertrains and batteries as this is what is going to benefit everyday electric cars users the most.”

Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag on upcoming changes in the electric racing series, which will see increased competition from manufacturer in the next season. The Spark-Renault chassis however, is to remain the same.

Dan-Akerson“A lot of people who don’t ever operate in it don’t understand and have a tendency to underestimate.”

Former GM CEO Dan Akerson here tries to discourage Apple from becoming a carmaker, which in his words is a “low-margin” industry, especially if you compare it with the margin on a mass-produced iPhone.

Nov 14, 2014 - 09:22 am

Pat Cox, Håkan Samuelsson, Mike Jackson.

Pat-Cox“They are probably taking a hit of 50 to 100,000 euros per unit in order to achieve that roll-out.”

In his speech at the Challenge Bibendum in Chendgu, former EU President Pat Cox spoke about Toyota’s fuel cell vehicle, which is just about to launch in Japan.

Hakan-Samuelsson“The question is how long is the V8 going to last once cars have to produce an average of 95g/km? If you want 400bhp, we can give you 400bhp but no one needs it all the time so we provide the power using batteries and meet emissions targets with plug-in hybrids.”

Volvo president and CEO Håkan Samuelsson says the carmaker will stick to its four-cylinder and twin-engine strategy, even in the U.S., a market that favours the V8.

Mike-Jackson“If Elon Musk wants to make a mistake and go with an inefficient distribution system, that’s his right as an American.”

Mike Jackson, CEO at AutoNation, is talking about Tesla selling directly to customers. He says that auto-dealer efforts to ban all direct sales by Tesla state by state are “unnecessary protectionism.”

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