Tag: Lawrence Burns

Jul 29, 2016 - 08:23 am

Yoshi Yamada, William Li, Lawrence Burns.

Yoshihiko-Yamada“I thought it was crazy. At that time, production capacity of this Gigafactory would exceed total production of the industry. Not Panasonic. Not Japanese companies. All Japanese, Korean, and Chinese companies combined. I thought it was a crazy idea.”

Panasonic executive Yoshi Yamada admits that he didn’t really believe in the Gigafactory at first. Now he is a true believer of Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s vision for the future.

William-Li“Subsidies can’t make drivers love EVs.”

NextEV chairman William Li criticises the Chinese government for pouring too much money into the productions of and subsidies for electric cars. It may push the number of EVs on the road, but only poorly made ones and only as long as funding remains.

Lawrence-Burns“My contention is that we will reach a point where it simply makes more sense from a design/ engineering/ production standpoint to do electric vehicles rather than combustion vehicles.”

Lawrence Burns, former vice president of research & development and planning for General Motors says that things like CAFE and ZEV credits help to motivate carmakers to go electric or fuel cell, but that in the end, it will just become the best way to make light-duty vehicles because “it’s simpler.”

Feb 19, 2016 - 08:53 am

Lawrence Burns, Kevin Rose.

Lawrence-Burns“Beyond 2025, battery and fuel-cell vehicles could simply become the best way to design and engineer a light-duty vehicle. Set aside all the motivations with climate change, oil dependence—it’s just a better way to do a car. It’s simple.”

Lawrence Burns, professor of engineering practice at Michigan University, gives purely practical reasons why EVs are the way to go. Burns also served as GM’s VP of R&D and planning from 1998 to 2009.

Kevin-Rose“I’d like to offer an electric car. It’s far from certain, but customer demand is growing and it is on our agenda.”

Bentley’s sales and marketing boss Kevin Rose is pushing the carmaker’s agenda publicly in a hitherto unknown direction. Yet, Bentley is approaching PHEV territory already, so an EV might not more than “3 to 4 years” away, he added.

Found on electrive.com
29.07.2016 08:46