Tag: Jim Lentz

Oct 21, 2016 - 08:07 am

Elon Musk, Michael Cole, Jim Lentz.

Elon-Musk-Twitter“One thing I should mention here that frankly has been quite disturbing to me is the degree of media coverage of Autopilot crashes – which are basically almost none – relative to the scarcity of media coverage of the 1.2 million people that die every year manual crashes.”

Elon Musk here complains about the media’s selective math regarding crashes with Tesla’s semi-self-driving EV. He went on to say journalists are effectively “killing people” through biased reporting as it dissuades people from using safer technology.

Michael-Cole“By 2020, Kia will offer 14 alternative-fuel vehicles globally. They will include EVs, hybrids and plug-in hybrids, as well as a fuel cell model.”

Kia’s European boss, Michael Cole is ready to go all-in as the Korean carmaker will soon offer the full scale of electrification with a Kia FCV to be expected by 2020.

Jim-Lentz“The Prius family was the right idea at the right time. But I think as hybrids have become more mainstream, they are becoming more like another powertrain in a series.”

So Jim Lentz, CEO of Toyota North America does not see an SUV or crossover being added to the Prius family but a hybrid drive to a Toyota SUV rather.

May 13, 2016 - 09:00 am

Rupert Stadler, Jürgen Stackmann, Jim Lentz.

rupert-stadler“The burden resulting from the diesel issue has not been relieved.”

Audi CEO Rupert Stadler admitted in front of the firm’s shareholders that the VW Group was still feeling the repercussions of the manipulation scandal. Nevertheless, the VW board plans to ask shareholders at its annual meeting to ratify the actions of both the management and supervisory board for last year.
autonews.com (Audi), autonews.com (VW)

Juergen-Stackmann“What’s clear is that today we have expertise in hugely complex areas, like developing engines and gearboxes, that start-up companies will not have to worry about, because electrical powertrains require a different kind of complexity. There could be a race between the hardware and software makers to find out who emerges on top in the car industry.”

Jürgen Stackmann, Volkswagen’s head of sales and marketing, believes the company is well prepared to advance electric and autonomous cars, especially as the established carmakers are “well practiced” in meeting and keeping quality standards (oh, the irony).

Jim-Lentz“Consumers, while I think they love the idea of a high-tech car that’s very green, they still want a car that acts like what they are driving today.”

Jim Lentz, CEO of Toyota North America positions the fuel-cell-powered Mirai as a Tesla alternative. For now, however, it is missing the equivalent of a Supercharger network.

Feb 3, 2016 - 09:19 am

Elon Musk, Jim Lentz, Kevin Layden.

Elon-Musk“The first pictures of the Model 3 will be end of March. I am being a little coy here, we are not gonna show everything about the Model 3 until a lot closer to production time.”

Tesla CEO Elon Musk quiets the excitement accompanying the Model 3 launch in March. A full revelation will only happen towards the end of the year as production is set for 2017.
carscoops.com, insideevs.com

Jim-Lentz“We’ll have to see how well the RAV4 Hybrid does. Because the RAV4 could really take the place of the Prius V.”

Jim Lentz, CEO of Toyota North America, thinks about axing the Prius V model in the U.S. Falling gas prices have dampened sales of the hybrid model and the arrival of the RAV4 Hybrid SUV increased in-house competition.

Kevin-Layden“Battery costs are not coming down fast enough to democratise it.”

Kevin Layden, director of Ford’s electrification programmes, is worried that high costs will hinder the company’s plan to electrify 40 percent of its portfolio by 2020. Though he adds that scientists are making “gradual progress.”


Jan 12, 2015 - 09:27 am

Elon Musk, Jim Lentz, Murad Quresh.

Elon-Musk-Twitter“It won’t look like other cars.”

Is all Elon Musk had to say when asked for details on the upcoming Model 3 the public does not yet know about. And so we continue to wait expectantly…

Jim-Lentz“The challenge is going to be to get non-hybrid owners to consider hybrids if gas is less than $3 a gallon.”

Toyota America CEO Jim Lentz fears low gasoline prices could make hybrid sales a little slower. However, he does not see sales for the Mirai FCV drop as early adopters have strong, green motives which won’t be influenced by temporary trends.

Murad-Quresh“Air pollution has no physical boundaries. By limiting the ULEZ to only the most central areas, everyone outside the zone will be left to suffer.”

Murad Quresh, environment spokesperson for Labour’s London Assembly, proposes to leave it to the boroughs to adopt the ultra-low emission zone. Camden, Southwark, Hackney and Lambeth Councils have already expressed their interest to opt-in.

Jun 24, 2014 - 08:26 am

Sebastian Vettel, Andy Palmer, Jim Lentz.

Sebastian-Vettel“I lost drive. Tell me what to do.”

Said a rather desperate Sebastian Vettel to its team, when his Red Bull F1 car stopped working during the Spielberg race in Austria. He got back on track after turning the car off but was advised not to push the “overtake button” again.

Andy-Palmer-Nissan“When it comes to zero emissions, we’re absolutely religious. We’ll be the absolute No. 1 leader in zero emissions. No doubt. That’s our positioning.”

Nissan’s CPO Andy Palmer emphasising once more the company’s all-electric strategy adding that simple “hybridisation doesn’t work.” Vettel is surely with him on that!

Jim-Lentz“I would rather invest my dollars in fuel cell development than in another 2,500 EVs.”

Jim Lentz, CEO of Toyota North America, clearly opposes Palmer’s view. He takes a stand for fuel cell technology and hints a the end of an R&D deal with Tesla to supply over 2,500 all-electric RAV4 (we reported).

May 28, 2014 - 08:49 am

Alain Uyttenhoven, Jim Lentz.

Alain-Uyttenhoven“We could react rapidly but currently there’s no intention.”

Alain Uyttenhoven, Vice President of Lexus Europe, is no fan of the plug-in hybrid drivetrain but admits that Lexus’ strategy could change once technology and infrastructure improved and allow cable-free charging.

Jim-Lentz“I’m more bullish on fuel cell than I was on EV. I think the cost of fuel cells is going to be substantially less than in an EV.”

Jim Lentz, CEO for Toyota North America, is convinced that California’s plan to have more than 50 hydrogen filling stations in the next two years, will be enough to support at least 10,000 of Toyota’s fuel-cell cars, due to arrive in 2015.


Apr 7, 2014 - 08:17 am

Jim Wright, Jim Lentz.

Jim-Wright“We are starting to see a change in the EV marketplace, helped by the fact that BMW have arrived, Volkswagen are about to arrive. Kia showed an EV at Geneva. For one thing, the media acceptance of the technology is starting to mature.”

Jim Wright, Managing Director Nissan UK, is finally seeing light at the end of the EV acceptance tunnel with things starting to change. He thus believes, Nissan will be able to sell a thousand e-NV200 in its first year.

Jim-Lentz“After we’ve seen the product, understand its range, its driving dynamics, its refueling, we’re a lot more bullish than Japan – probably about fivefold more bullish. It’s just a question of how many can be produced now.”

These are the strong words of Jim Lentz, Toyota’s CEO for North America, who literally cannot wait to start selling the upcoming FCV.

Found on electrive.com
21.10.2016 08:47