Tag: Lex Kerssemakers

Jun 20, 2022 - 02:56 pm

Volvo announces management changes

Volvo Cars is reshuffling its leadership team as of 20 June. The post of chief operating officer and deputy CEO will be shared by Björn Annwall (previously chief financial officer) and Javier Varela (previously responsible for research and development, manufacturing, procurement, supply chain and quality).

Oct 31, 2016 - 09:35 am

Harald Krüger, Peter Rawlinson, Lex Kerssemakers.

Harald-Krueger“The next pinnacle will be with the Mini electric in 2019 and the X3 in 2020. We will offer more electric motorcycles, and we will have more electrified vehicles.”

BMW CEO Harald Krueger says “a new era of individual mobility is about to begin.” He sees the Bavarian carmaker driving innovation in the mobility sector and becoming a leading tech company. Electric and plug-in hybrid cars will account for 25 percent of sales in ten years.

Peter-Rawlinson“The advent of the Uber and Lyft model is going to demand an electric car which can be rapidly charged and is tolerant of rapid, repeated fast charging.”

Peter Rawlinson, chief technology officer at Lucid Motors (formerly Atieva) and former chief engineer of the Tesla Model S, explains why his new employer with its innovative battery technology will jump to the front of the line of shaping mobility in the future.

Lex-Kerssemakers“We started to talk about electrification in 2008 when we took the decision to go for four cylinders. Fuel efficiency is huge, that’s why we went for the four-cylinder turbos and electrification first. After that, we move to full electric, in 2018 or 2019. It is the future, let’s face it.”

Volvo’s U.S. CEO Lex Kerssemakers says that while people still want big cars, efficiency has become a priority. He therefore declared the “era of big cylinders” as over.

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.


Jan 27, 2015 - 09:02 am

Lex Kerssemakers, Ian Wright, Bob Carter.

Lex-Kerssemakers“Our focus is the roll-out of our plug-in hybrids. Once there is a more sustainable business case behind full EV we can do it – our platform is scalable and fully flexible. But we must see how the EV business evolves and what pressures there are from fuel efficiency requirements and cities closing borders.”

Lex Kerssemakers, Volvo’s vice president of product strategy, says that the company won’t launch fully electric cars until market or legislative demand makes it necessary and will keep focusing on its plug-in hybrid models including the V60 and the XC90.

Ian-Wright“They believe that pure electric cars are the way to go, and if you just make them cheap enough everybody will buy them, everybody will drive them and I’m afraid I’ve never really been on board with that.”

Tesla co-founder Ian Wright is actually surprised by the company’s success. He left Tesla back in 2003 to found his own company – Wrightspeed. He is also the maker of the fastest street legal car.

Robert-Carter“I’m a little disappointed in Mr. Musk’s comments in Detroit last week. But I understand. If I was in a position that I had all of my eggs in one basket I would perhaps be making those same comments.”

Bob Carter, Senior Vice President of Automotive Operations at Toyota USA, on the latest comments from Tesla CEO Elon Musk about energy storage mechanisms, saying that “hydrogen is an incredibly dumb one to pick.”

Jan 15, 2014 - 08:59 am

Lex Kerssemakers, Andy Palmer.

Lex-Kerssemakers“It’s the right combination between power and fuel efficiency, that’s what we believe. It should be class-leading.”

Volvo’s chief product planner, Lex Kerssemakers is undoubtedly proud of the new XC90 plug-in hybrid.

Andy-Palmer-Nissan“There are 22,000 cabs in London, so the potential for the electric version depends on the infrastructure and we are having discussions about that. But London lends itself to the E-NV version: 40 per cent of the particulates in the air in Westminster comes from cabs.”

Nissan‘s Andy Palmer is responsible for planning and while the British capital is certainly challenging, it is an ideal playing field as well.

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