Dieter Zetsche, Jochem Heinzmann, Kiyoshi Fujiwara.
“The best overall package is what will convince the customer – we want people to buy our electric cars because they want to and not because they have to because other cars are outlawed.”
Just forbidding petrol and diesel cars is not the way to push electric mobility, Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche says. He wants to conquer the buyers’ hearts with his products to ensure long-term success.
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“We have to do more in the NEV area. The government is pushing, the general environment in China is pushing that.”
Volkswagen’s China chief Jochem Heinzmann says the company wants to sell as many as 400,000 “new energy vehicles” in China by the end of the decade and even 1.5m by 2025. He is now hoping the Chinese government will approve the manufacture’s third joint venture there that would focus on battery-electric cars only.
“Of course we need EVs. As you know, in Norway, the complete energy source is water… this means that EV is much better for CO2 in Norway. But not in United States or China… Therefore, we are focusing on ICE, but some regions we need EVs, so therefore in 2019 or in that time frame we will introduce EVs where it is needed in the world.”
Mazda’s head of research and development Kiyoshi Fujiwara announced a prospective electric vehilces for 2019 at the LA Motor Show. The car could then also be offered with a rotary engine as range extender.