Steve Center, Ian Callum, Henrik Fries.
“Batteries haven’t won and batteries don’t work for everybody.”
Steve Center, Honda’s VP of environmental business development, would obviously not exclude fuel cells from the game but did admit that the market’s understanding of hydrogen “could take 20 years.”
“The feedback on the I-Pace Concept has been fantastic.”
This is Jaguar Design Director Ian Callum, who must be pretty pleased with himself after the feedback received in Geneva. So far, 350 deposits have been made for the I-Pace electric SUV since it was first revealed.
“You will see both plug-in hybrids and fully electric cars.”
Promised Henrik Fries, VP of product strategy and R&D for Volvo’s performance division Polestar. Clearly, Polestar’s future is all about electrification.
Ian Callum, Jia Yueting.
“EVs reset the design rulebook.”
Says Jaguar chief designer Ian Callum. Now that the brand is on the electric route, it has shown much confidence to compete with Tesla in the premium segment by 2018.
“We successfully raised $1.08 billion two months ago, and recently another $300 million.”
LeEco vice president Jia Yueting assures that the electric car project is moving ahead despite the company’s financial problems. He added that partners from the automotive sector would be welcome.
Toshiyuki Mizushima, Ian Callum, Johann Jungwirth.
“The core technology of plug-in hybrids and electric and fuel-cell vehicles is based on hybrid technology. By increasing our hybrid team, we can leverage new developments for use in electric powertrains.”
Toshiyuki Mizushima, president of Toyota’s powertrain division, explains why the Japanese carmaker is working on expanding the development of its gasoline-hybrid technology, as well as increase the team working on it by 30 percent.
“I believe electric cars are here for the next 100 years and will eventually replace the combustion engine.”
Jaguar Design Director Ian Callum says that with the I-Pace, the British carmaker opened another chapter in its history. He didn’t say, however, what he thinks will come after the electric car.
“I am big fan of electric mobility. When I was still working at Apple, I was already driving electric vehicles. For me, there is no way back.”
Johann Jungwirth, VW’s Chief Digital Officer, is certain that especially following the diesel scandal, the German carmaker is open to new and innovative ideas. That includes electric mobility, as well as self-driving technology.
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Yasuyuki Yoshinaga, Segolene Royal, Ian Callum.
“The overall industry is now shifting its electrification focus toward EVs. We are in the age where we cannot just go on launching EVs only as regulation compliance cars.”
Yasuyuki Yoshinaga, CEO of Fuji Heavy Industries, the manufacturer of Subaru cars is the latest producer to jump on board the electric train in Japan. The move is driven by regulatory pressure but also an expected increase in demand.
“We will be asking the consumer fraud investigators and prosecutors to communicate any findings that will enable us to establish whether it’s necessary to withdraw sales authorisations.”
French Environment Minister Segolene Royal does not rule out to ban some diesels from sale. Before deciding, France will seek more information from criminal investigations into Renault and Volkswagen diesel emissions.
“I think we’re going to have to build an electric sports car. Not to say the next one will be electric, but inevitably we will.”
Thinks Jaguar design director Ian Callum, who also signs responsible for the first electric concept of the firm, the I-Pace SUV.
Ian Callum, Carlos Ghosn, Aaron Gold.
“My personal view is that electric cars are a new start. Car design will change more in the next 15 years than it has in the past 100 – electrification will kickstart the biggest change in automotive design in history.”
Ian Callum, Jaguar’s head of design, sounds as if he is up for the challenge and even more so the chance that electrification offers designers. The luxury carmaker is expected to show a first concept electric Jaguar next year.
“The fact that so many people are willing to pay a down payment to get this car which becomes available at the end of 2017 is a good sign. Finally, good competition for EVs is picking up.”
Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn is taking the Tesla Model 3 craze as a good sign for the EV market as a whole and not so much as a threat for the best-selling Leaf that is sold the same price level (but with less range) already today.
“Comparing Tesla and Chevy is like comparing Apple and Microsoft. Brand matters.”
Aaron Gold from AutoExpress.com adds another angle to the competitors’ discussion. Price and performance may be one thing, name and image another.
Don Swearingen, Edith Bald, Ian Callum.
“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.
“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.”
“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.
Hildegard Wortmann, Feng Qingfeng, Ian Callum.
“Tesla did us all a favour. Tesla made electric mobility sexy.”
BMW product manager Hildegard Wortmann says Tesla’s success paved the way for the new drivetrain technology. Before, the automotive industry had simply been unable to convey how much fun electric mobility can be. Still, BMW is not planning to go head to head with Tesla in terms of range for now. It would just not make sense to add the extra battery weight just to be able to reach 500 km on one charge.
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“We will debut a pure EV this year, followed by an HEV in 2016 and a PHEV in 2017. Our hybrid powertrain will firstly launch Class-A models while plug-in electric powertrain will launch all models, including sedan, SUV and MPV, starting the year of 2017.”
Geely president Feng Qingfeng presents more concrete plans as the company looks to electrify 90 percent of its line-up by 2020. One third will be fully electric and the rest hybrids and plug-in hybrids.
“I think electric cars are a very exciting prospect, and once the nations and governments get to grips with that, it will become the norm within the next 15 years or less.”
Ian Callum, Director of Design of Jaguar, says electrification is “inevitable” in the future. It is just a matter of time. He is not sure, however, whether switching to electric mobility will solve the world’s climate concerns. After all, cows produce a lot of CO2 as well.
Ian Callum, Rami Akily.
“Electric vehicles will change the profile of cars as soon as manufacturers accept the fact they are electric and don’t necessarily have to follow convention.”
It looks like Ian Callum, head of design at Jaguar is taking quite a few new approaches, as the company will als show a SUV at the IAA. Although Callum would have preferred to design a purpose EV.
“E-bikes have always been niche but they have started to reach mainstream.”
Rami Akily, Managing Direct of CycloTricity, shifted production of electric bikes from the Far East to Hampshire, UK, last year. He believes that Great Britain will slowly reach Dutch levels, where every 5th bike sold already is electric.