Klaus Zellmer, Volkmar Tanneberger, Carlos Ghosn.
“We look at what Elon Musk has done with Tesla, and we have great respect for the company. Can we do it as well or better? We’re taking up the challenge. I think we can.”
Porsche North America president and CEO Klaus Zellmer says the manufacturer is ready to go head to head with Tesla in terms of EV development. We look forward to results.
“If MEB becomes a successful platform, maybe it might make sense. But for today’s cars and the next years of cars we will cooperate with the battery suppliers.”
Dr. Volkmar Tanneberger, Volkswagen’s global head of electric and electronic development, says VW won’t be assembling its own cells for now, nor is inductive charging a viable option in the near future. Tanneberger believes fast-charging to be more important than wireless convenience.
“I can bet you’ll see a major shift toward electric cars. Look at Detroit. A lot of carmakers, if not hostile, were at least neutral or sceptical, and they’re all coming with electric cars and saying they’ll invest in them. It’s not an easy shift, but I don’t see how we can skip this one.”
Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn comments on the advent of an electric revolution. Clearly, he sees his company at the forefront and promised “new products, technology and enhancements” beyond the new Leaf.