Tag: Kevin Layden

Apr 19, 2016 - 08:49 am

Lex Kerssemakers, Larry Nitz, Kevin Layden.

Lex-Kerssemakers“We strongly believe in electrification. So much that if we want to sell 150,000 cars in the U.S., plug-in hybrid technology for the next four or five years will be the most common technology. And then, slowly, it will be taken over by electrical cars. So we are ready for it.”

Lex Kerssemakers, CEO of Volvo Cars of North America, confirms that the carmaker will stick to plug-in hybrid cars in the near future. He adds that for electrification, manufacturers need the support of the government through environmental regulations and customers “willing to try it.”

Larry-Nitz“Most customers don’t even understand the benefits of electrification. Quite frankly, we’ve been bad at explaining our technology to customers.”

Larry Nitz, executive director-hybrid and electric powertrain engineering at General Motors, says that for people to dare to get behind the wheel of an electric car, companies first need to get the point across that it is easy and convenient.

Kevin-Layden“I think right now with the launch of the Focus Electric at 100 miles, it is going to satisfy a big chunk of the population. It’s going to be really affordable and a step up from where we are now.”

Kevin Layden, Ford’s director of electrification programs and engineering, says that an EV with 100 miles of range is enough to suit commuters, while it also keeps cost and weight down. The manufacturer has no immediate plans for a long-range electric car.

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.
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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.”

Jun 2, 2015 - 09:05 am

Kevin Layden, James Batchelor.

Kevin-Layden“As an industry, we need to collaborate while we continue to challenge each other..”

Kevin Layden, director of Ford´s electrification programs, explains why the company chose to make its patents related to electric vehicle technology available to competitors. Following Tesla and Toyota, Ford is the third company to release its EV patents.

James-Batchelor“In the short term, we believe that a significant number of early users of FCVs will be fleets operating on a ‘return to depot’ basis, so refueling will not be an issue. This makes switching to zero emission FCVs relatively easy for taxis, buses and local delivery fleets, which would in turn help drive improvements in urban air quality.”

James Batchelor, managing director for the Motive division at Intelligent Energy, weighs in on the chicken and the egg debate, saying H2 infrastructure is still lacking, but that one needs first raise public awareness about fuel cell cars. The rest will follow.


Mar 13, 2014 - 09:44 am

Kevin Layden.

Kevin-Layden“I don’t think we need a dedicated EV to be as efficient as we want to be. We have some PHEV customers getting over 95 percent of their range from the battery alone, and overall, they’re reporting about 75 percent of their miles.”

In an interview Kevin Layden, Ford’s Director of Electrified Powertrain Engineering, said Ford will not develop a dedicated EV platform but concentrate on efficient hybrid power packs that can be distributed over the model range and used globally wherever it makes sense.

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