Former Opel CEO drives now privately all-electric
Former Opel CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann had been trying to turn the brand into an all-electric outlet, first for GM and the PSA. While his efforts were fruitless in the end, he is going all-electric in his personal life. His wife and Neumann now own both a Tesla and a BMW i3.
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Karl-Thomas Neumann, Rhea Suh.
“At some point we’re all going to be driving electric cars, probably sooner than many believe. This is a massive transformation for the auto manufacturers; we have to tackle it or we will lose.”
Opel CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann tried to not confirm a report stating he was about to turn the brand into an all-electric carmaker. He did say however, that Opel planned more EVs alongside the Ampera-e.
autonews.com, auto-motor-und-sport.de (full interview, in German)
“The current standards helped the auto companies move from bankruptcy to profitability, and there is no reason they cannot be met.”
Rhea Suh, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council, comments on the review of emission standards and basically believes a change “makes no sense.”
Karl-Thomas Neumann, Elon Musk, Carlos Ghosn.
“The new Opel Ampera-e will open the road to electric mobility by breaking down the barriers of high price and short driving range.”
Opel CEO Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann is delighted – to say the least – that GM will bring the Bolt EV technology to European shores. It will give the German carmaker a considerate competitive advantage, as range and price are unmatched to date.
“We continue to see no perceptible impact to our order growth from the change in the price of gasoline as our order rates have continued to increase even as the price of gasoline has fallen.”
Tesla CEO Elon Musk says his company is not affected by low oil prices but keeps to grow continuously. Especially in the premium market. Musk says the Model S “outsold the Audi A8 and A7, and the BMW 7-Series and 6-Series combined.”
“The question is, what is the best compromise between an acceptable performance and the lowest price possible? This is something that doesn’t exist today and we are willing to find a solution.”
Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn is talking about his company’s strategy to tackle China. The Chinese EV market is not only low, but also taken by what he calls “very cheap electric cars,” which price is hard to match.