Padmasree Warrior, Jean Todt, Michael Steiner.
“I give Tesla and Tesla CEO Elon Musk a lot of credit for really bringing the EV back. It was literally dead before Tesla made it a serious product.”
Padmasree Warrior, CEO of NextEV’s U.S. division, would love to sit down with Elon Musk to learn more about his experiences. But as NextEV sees itself as a digital company, it does say it will push transportation in the digital age even further.
“We want Formula E to be a visionary championship. We want to highlight how our racing cars will be, not in two years but in 20 years, so that it is kind of a laboratory for motor racing.”
FIA President Jean Todt says the electric racing series is like a lab for EV technology. And in season five of the Formula E, he wants to show that they were able to double autonomy since the beginning.
“A 911 hybrid? It’s possible, yes. It’s possible to have 918-derived technology in a 911. It’s possible with today’s technology in a 911. However, there is no decision to do this on short notice, but we have this constantly on our radar.”
Michael Steiner, Porsche executive board member for research and development, doesn’t lose sight of electrification. But an electrified 911 is not in the pipeline.
Roberto Fedeli, Gareth Dunsmore, Michael Steiner.
“A Tesla fighter probably is not a good idea […] We will be last with a production EV, and we have to arrive to the market with something different. Very different. ”
Maserati engineering boss Roberto Fedeli confirmed rumours that there will be an electric Maserati “before 2020.” Refreshingly enough, it’s not supposed to be a Tesla-fighter. What form it will take instead, remains to be seen.
“We know customers think more positively about Nissan because we make electric vehicles, and that’s really important, regardless of whether they take the final step and purchase them.”
Nissan Europe EV boss Gareth Dunsmore says the recent diesel-scandal and rising levels of air pollution are playing into the carmaker’s hands. It has definitely peeked people’s interest in electric mobility.
“We will do one more hybrid version of the Panamera, and this will be more in the direction of a high performance derivative.”
Michael Steiner, Porsche executive board member for research and development, here confirms a second hybrid variant of the Porsche Panamera – a more performance focused model than the 4 E-Hybrid.
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Michael Steiner, Michael Leiters, Brian Williams.
“With the Mission E underway, we are thinking what is the second or third step. There is no reason why this has to be just one body style.”
While Porsche development boss Michael Steiner did not confirm that a second electric Porsche would take the shape of a SUV, he did say that could easily be done, as the technology was made to adapt.
“We would not follow to develop a fully electric car.”
Ferrari’s chief technology officer Michael Leiters shatters all hopes that we will one day see an all-electric Ferrari. The sound is just “too important.”
“A big thing about fuel cells is they actually offer a lot of advantages to fit in to different types of vehicles.”
Brian Williams from Toyota Motor Corporation says a key advantage to fuel cell over battery-power is that the system can easily be scaled up for any vehicle or range. That is why it is more fitting for i.e. busses and even semi-trucks.
Michael Steiner, Elon Musk, Stefan Knirsch.
“With the Mission E, we have a very sporty expression of an electric car. Audi has opted for the high-volume segment.”
Michael Steiner, the new head of research & development at Porsche, explains why Porsche and Audi are engineering two different platforms for electric cars, saying the carmakers have both chosen a different approach to the EV segment.
“The third quarter will be our last chance to show investors that Tesla can be at least slightly positive cash flow and profitable before the Model 3 reaches full production.”
Tesla CEO Elon Musk sent an email to his employees, explaining why the fourth quarter 2016 is so important for them. He urged his team to cut costs and “deliver every car we possibly can.”
“By 2025, every fourth Audi should be an electric vehicle. The first model for this is planned to be an SUV we’re going to present in 2018. In the light of these plans, adapting our motorsport programme and taking up a commitment in a fully electric racing series is only a logical move.”
Stefan Knirsch, Audi’s head of technical development, explains why the German carmaker has lent its name and is investing in the Formula E team Abt Schaeffler Audi Sport. The goal is to integrate the series into a factory-backed programme by season 4 (2017/18).