Tag: Mitsuhisa Kato

Oct 24, 2014 - 08:36 am

Mitsuhisa Kato, Tony Posawatz.

Mitsuhisa-Kato“Our goal in the mid-term is to offer a hybrid model in all the model segments. Yet we must get the costs down further in order to put this technology into the smallest cars.”

Toyota development chief Mitsuhisa Kato confirms that the carmaker’s push for hybridisation could even include the small Aygo city car.

Tony-Posawatz“I do have some general concerns around their ability to make a profitable model that’s a high-volume model.”

Tony Posawatz, formerly the CEO at Fisker Automotive and once an executive at GM, says Tesla’s business model is not sustainable because it depends too much on ZEV credits. And with his recent success, he should know a bad strategy when he sees one.

Aug 7, 2014 - 08:28 am

Oliver Schmidt, Elon Musk, Mitsuhisa Kato.

Oliver-Schmidt“We see a very low penetration in other states, where there are fewer or no subsidies as in California, and there is a poor charging infrastructure. We need subsidies in all those states for ZEV. We need a public charging infrastructure and a political commitment from ZEV states.”

Oliver Schmidt, general manager at VW USA Engineering and Environmental Office, who wants to see more support from the states not only for EVs but FCVs and alternative fuel vehicles, too.

Elon-Musk“We can drive demand up at will. But if drive it up too much, then people would get upset with us because they waited too long for their car….When I was visiting in China, the only unhappiness I saw was…because customers were upset about waiting too long for their car. So it’s like, boy, we better not stoke demand in that situation.”

Tesla CEO Elon Musk on the powerful and most luxurious position a company can be in: demand is exceeding supply and is not even yet at its peak.

Mitsuhisa-Kato“The cruising distance is so short for EVs, and the charging time is so long […] At the current level of technology, somebody needs to invent a Nobel Prize winning type battery.”

Toyota’s Executive Vice President and Member of the Board, Mitsuhisa Kato, said that Toyota will stop making electric cars at the end of 2014 and focus solely on fuel cell technology.

Jul 8, 2014 - 08:29 am

Dale Vince, Mitsuhisa Kato, George Crabtree.

Dale-Vince“It’s a very strange situation we’ve got ourselves in – we should all be on the same side. We’ve done a lot of work with the electric highway; they’ve done a lot of work with their electric car. We should get on.”

Ecotricity founder Dale Vince on his difficulties with Tesla over the (Super-) charger infrastructure in Great Britain.

Mitsuhisa-Kato“The cruising distance is so short for EVs, and the charging time is so long. At the current level of technology, somebody needs to invent a Nobel Prize-winning type battery.”

This is Toyota VP Mitsuhisa Kato championing hybrids but even more fuel cell technology as the real alternative to gasoline-powered cars.

anonym“We are putting together the three components of the battery, the anode, the electrolyte, and the cathode, in ways that have never been done before.”

George Crabtree, director of the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR), Argonne, on the revolutionary or innovative power his laboratory has set out to unfold.


Found on electrive.com
24.10.2014 08:39