Tag: Mary Nichols

Sep 27, 2017 - 08:10 am

Mary Nichols, Elon Musk, Daimler.

“The governor has certainly indicated an interest in why China can do this and not California.”

Mary Nichols, chairman of the California Air Resources Board, quotes a message of Californian’s governor Jerry Brown, who asks why China is able to announce a future ban on combustion-powered vehicles, while California is not. Obviously, he would give a lot to see his state in an alliance with China, France and the U.K.

“You’re absolutely right @elonmusk. Here the missing zero: Investing >$10bn in nxt gen EVs & >$1bn in battery prod.”

This is how Daimler reacted on Elon Musk’s tweet, we published yesterday at this point. In his message, the Tesla CEO made fun about the Germans, investing not more than 1bn dollars in the States. A statement that obviously provoked Daimler to emphasize its total electric mobility investment.

Sep 26, 2017 - 10:05 am

Elon Musk, Mary Nichols.

“That’s not a lot of money for a giant like Daimler/Mercedes. Wish they’d do more. Off by a zero.”

Tesla CEO Elon Musk does not seem to be very impressed by Daimler’s announcement to invest 1bn dollars into EV and battery production in the States.

“It really makes them mad that Tesla got so much of a boost out of being the only purely electric car manufacturer out there.”

Mary Nichols, chair of the California Air Resources Board, brings to mind that Tesla has generated almost 1bn dollars from rival carmakers within the last five years. The payments are part of an unpopular system in California, forcing manufacturers that do not sell enough EVs to purchase credits from competitors to make up the difference

Jan 27, 2017 - 09:49 am

Mary Nichols, Kim Hong-kyung.

Mary-D-Nichols“You can’t short-circuit industry progress. The conclusion is inescapable: California’s vehicle future is electric drive.”

Mary Nichols, head of the California Air Resources Board tweeted that the agency really doesn’t care about who sits in the Oval Office – California will not stir for its course to push electric transport.

anonym“Battery subsidies for electric cars in China have shrunk dramatically this year, and will gradually decline and vanish in 2020 or by 2021 at the latest. Beginning at that time, we will be able to normalize our electric car battery business in China.”

Kim Hong-kyung, a managing director of Samsung SDI, explained that because subsidies in China favoured local companies of the Korean competitor, investments in the latter’s plant decreased and staff was laid off. But cutting subsidies will essentially level the playing field, at which point Samsung SDI will no longer be at a disadvantage.



Nov 15, 2016 - 08:55 am

Dieter Zetsche, Mary Nichols, Takahiko Ijichi.

Dieter-Zetsche“Those who see carmakers as the root of all evil might not have noticed every second electric car in Europe is made in Germany.”

Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche tells the German Green Party that he, too, wants emission-free mobility. The party passed a resolution over the weekend, calling for and ICE ban from 2030 in Germany.

Mary-D-Nichols“California’s commitment to clean air and climate protection has been strengthened by this election.”

Following the election of a U.S. President most likely to sweep climate change under the rug, Chairman of the California Air Resources Board (CARB) Mary Nichols tweeted that the western state will continue its efforts to promote EVs and implement zero-emission mandates.

Takahiko-Ijichi“If you ask the question – what is the ultimate environmentally friendly vehicle? – we’ll say it will be fuel cell vehicles. And our idea has not changed.”

Toyota CFO Takahiko Ijichi explains that while the carmaker is looking to have EVs in its line-up to be more flexible when it comes to introducing a vehicle to a market depending on their infrastructure and policy, fuel cell technology remains their main cause.

Oct 20, 2016 - 08:25 am

Eric Feunteun, Mary Nichols, Chung Ho-Young.

Eric-Feunteun“Longer range is a bigger challenge and Renault is about affordable technology – therefore we have to find the right balance between the size of battery and the price.”

Eric Feunteun, Renault’s global EV programme director, thus targets the biggest market share in Europe first, those 75% that drive less than 31 miles a day according to Feunteun. Yet, Zoe’s range will double by next month.

Mary-D-Nichols“If anything, I think it will move further and faster, not move in the other direction.”

California Air Resources Board Chair Mary Nichols on the golden state’s ZEV mandate, which she plans to uphold if not expand.

anonym“We forecast our EV battery sales that are expected to reach 1.2 trillion won ($1.1 billion) this year will grow by between 30 percent and 60 percent next year.”

Chung Ho-Young, president and chief financial officer of LG Chem, is optimistic yet not very definitive in his projections. He also expects the company’s EV battery production cost to be cut up to 40 percent by 2020.

Sep 2, 2016 - 08:14 am

Mary Creagh, Henrik Fisker, Mary Nichols.

Mary-Creagh“The uptake of ultra-low emission vehicles is too low to meet the UK’s climate change targets at the lowest cost to the public. Air quality targets that were supposed to be met in 2010 won’t be hit until 2020 at the earliest.”

Mary Creagh, Chairwoman of Environmental Audit Committee of the UK Parliament, wants to set a new goal for EV adoption. She wants to see two thirds of passenger vehicles and transporters to be all-electric or plug-in hybrids by 2030.

henrik-fisker“If I do an electric car, it’s going to have to be phenomenal, and has to be something that stands out with technology that nobody else has.”

Henrik Fisker, who is currently working on petrol-cars at VLF Automotive, is apparently not done with electric mobility. And he says that he is “very close” to a breakthrough in terms of battery technology.

Mary-D-Nichols“I’m concerned. It’s a very ambitious goal and would require – if you look at where we are today and where we need to go – a big change in what consumers are seeing and what they’re buying.”

Mary Nichols, head of the California Air Resources Board, says that it won’t be easy getting all-electric cars to make up 15 percent of sales in the U.S. state by 2025. She added that regulatory changes could be needed to meet those goals.


Mar 21, 2016 - 08:29 am

Tesla Gigafactory, Mary Nichols and her Toyota Mirai.

Click tip: Want a sneak peek into Tesla’s new Gigafactory? The Reno Journal Gazette has some of the first footage from inside the 800,000 square foot factory. It is the first time that local media was allowed to see the manufacturing area.

Reading tip: Mary Nichols is the chairman of the California Air Resources Board, and a proud owner of a brand new Toyota Mirai. Los Angeles Magazine met up with Nichols to talk fuel cells and more.

Oct 7, 2015 - 08:41 am

Anne Hidalgo, Mary Nichols, Matthias Müller.

Anne-Hidalgo“We might envisage days without cars more often … perhaps even once a month.”

Following a car-free day in Paris that resulted in a dramatic drop in both air and noise pollution, Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo is more than willing to repeat the experience on a regular basis. Paris will host the COP21 at the end of November.

Mary-D-Nichols“The Phase 2 proposal lacks sufficient stringency to drive market development of battery electric or fuel cell electric technologies. The proposal assumes only a modest level of hybrid technology and no use of battery electric and fuel cell electric technology.”

Hidalgo is joined in the fight against toxins by Mary Nichols. As Chair of the California Air Resources Board, she is urging EPA to introduce lower NOx standards than suggested to further foster electrification.

Matthias-Mueller“All planned investments are currently under scrutiny. Everything that is not absolutely necessary will be scrapped or delayed.”

This is what Volkswagen CEO Matthias Müller told 20,000 employees as the company is faced with uncertainty regarding the consequences of “dieselgate”. One can only hope that his austerity measure will not include investments in electric car innovations.
spiegel.de (in German)

Aug 5, 2015 - 08:01 am

Mary Nichols, Bentley.

Reading tip: This is the portrait of a woman who aims to transform the United States – well, one state at first. Mary Nichols has chaired the influential California Air Resources Board since 2007 and hopes to electrify all cars in California by 2030. Who will follow?

Video tip: In an almost zen-sense evoking teaser spot, Bentley promotes its Bentayga SUV that is also said to be issued as plug-in hybrid. A PHEV would certainly suit nature’s glory evoked in the clip.

Found on electrive.com
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