Tag: Matthias Wissmann

Feb 8, 2016 - 08:00 am

EV registrations in Europe.

ACEA announced a 108.8 percent rise in EV registrations in the EU last year. A total of 58,689 electric cars hit the road in the fourth quarter alone, translating to a 160.5% increase compared to Q4 2014. The number of hybrids rose by 23.1% compared to the previous year.

Sep 7, 2015 - 09:00 am

Matthias Wissmann, Volker Blandow.

Matthias-Wissmann“Policies providing effective incentives for the sale of electric vehicles, more charging pillars, and procurement programs for cars with electric drive are necessary. We are convinced that those who want to be successful on the world’s automotive markets in the long term must master the technology of emissions-free driving and push forward on their home market.”

Matthias Wissmann, President of the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA), calls upon policy makers worldwide to put measures in place for electric cars to “really take off.” He says, electrification will already be a main topic at the IAA this year.

Volker-Blandow“The electric vehicles currently on sale were never designed for mass markets; customers’ primary reasons for purchasing them were fascination with the new technology and, in many cases, concern over climate change. Their price was not in step with their practicality. However, the vehicles of the latest generation will actually pay off for the first time.”

Volker Blandow, Global Head of E-Mobility at TÜV SÜD, believes that in just a few years, EVs will be the most attractive cars. For that, range and the number of fast-chargers have to increase – undertakings TÜV SÜD supports with its network of testing laboratories.

Dec 5, 2014 - 09:27 am

Matthias Wissmann, Ian Robertson, Alex Michaelides.

Matthias-Wissmann“It was the government that set the target at one million, so it’s on the government to pull its weight.”

Matthias Wissmann, President of the German Association of the Automotive Industry VDA, welcomes the report presented by the National Platform for Electric Mobility (NPE), which outlines the country’s shortcomings. He calls on the government to act.

ian-robertson“We had a slower ramp up than originally anticipated. The numbers now are running where we expected them to be.”

BMW sales chief Ian Robertson is positive that sales of the all-electric BMW i3 will continue to rise in 2015, surpassing 20,000 units. The same goal had been set for this year, but only 12,000 cars had been sold by the end of October.

Alex-Michaelides“We know from our research that ‘range anxiety’ is one of the major concerns motorists have when considering an ultra-low emission vehicle. The news that you’ll never be more than 20 miles from a chargepoint means that this worry will no longer be a factor.”

Alex Michaelides, spokesperson for the Go Ultra Low campaign, comments on plans by the British government to invest 15 million pounds to install thousands of new EV charge points at key locations across the UK’s road network by 2020.

Mar 26, 2014 - 09:53 am

Matthias Wissmann, Timothy Eustace.

Matthias-Wissmann“This is why we have now reached the next milestone: Electric mobility is competitive and ready to enter the market.”

Matthias Wissmann is the president of the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA) and he is convinced that German carmakers did a good job and obtained a leading position in terms of alternative drivetrains.
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Timothy-Eustace“General Motors and Ford didn’t start out with franchises. They started out direct to market. It took them years to build the marketing system they have now.”

Timothy Eustace, Democratic Assemblyman in New Jersey, says that he had no idea what was going on when Tesla was voted out of the state in a meeting two weeks ago. Eustace is backing Tesla and has authored a proposal that seeks to amend state law to allow any electric carmaker to sell directly to customers.

Found on electrive.com
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