David Martell, Martin Leach, Ki Sang Lee.
“There’s no legislation that says an iPhone or whatever should have a certain type of plug, so why is that necessary for an EV? It doesn’t make sense.”
According to David Martell, head of British Chargemaster, the Brexit could have an impact on the UK’s charging infrastructure, as the country would no longer have to comply with EU norms and add CCS plugs. Let’s hope they won’t go down that road.
Update: Martell responds here
“I do think, though, that if normal car companies were the internet at 1.0, then Tesla is probably 2.0 and does some really good things like over-the-air software updates, but what we’re trying to be is 3.0.”
Martin Leach, co-president of NextEV, has big plans for the Chinese company. And while he says NextEV will not go head to head with supercar makers like Ferrari, it is looking to revolutionize the car industry.
“Toyota is well established in the UK and much of Europe when it comes to taxi services, we realise that. However, we think that by offering something slightly different we could benefit. For instance, using our pure-EV Ioniq in cities as taxis instead of the HEV – Toyota doesn’t currently offer a pure-EV Prius.”
Hyundai’s eco-car boss Ki Sang Lee makes it no secret that the South Korean carmaker wants a piece of Toyota’s taxis business. At the same time, Hyundai is asking cities to invest more in charging infrastructure.