Daimler’s rumoured electric offensive for Mercedes-AMG
The new head of Daimler, Ola Källenius, plans the comprehensive electrification for the sports car brand AMG. The aim is supposedly not only to double the performance brand subsidiary’s sales but also rely on (partially) electric drives – out of necessity.Weiterlesen
Daimler restructures as Zetsche hands reigns to Källenius
After 13 years at the helm of Daimler, Dieter Zetsche stepped down as CEO today and has handed over management of the Group to Ola Källenius. He will be appointed Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars for the next five years and comes with ambitions.Weiterlesen
Daimler Ambition 2039: a CO2-neutral fleet line-up
The future Chairman of Daimler’s Board of Management, Ola Källenius, presented his sustainability targets for the passenger car sector under the heading “Ambition 2039”. During the next 20 years, the new range of Mercedes-Benz Cars is to become completely CO2-neutral.Weiterlesen
Smart’s future in the balance
Daimler wants to decide this year about the future of its small car brand Smart. Under the incoming new CEO Ola Källenius, the little car may fall victim to pressure to make savings at Daimler. Smart boss Katrin Adt is already looking for a partner in China to lower costs.Weiterlesen
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Ola Källenius, Jean Christophe Kugler.
“In total we are aiming for a production capacity of one million batteries per annum.”
Ola Källenius, Daimler’s head of R&D, is confident that Daimler will secure a significant market share in the battery sector. In his eyes, the lithium-ion technology has still a potential of 10 to 30 percent higher performance. A next-gen battery tech would not emerge before 2022.
“We look at when it will be affordable. We stick to our business model and when it is ready and when there is a request we will plug it.”
Dacia’s European chairman Jean Christophe Kugler says he wants to base the company’s electrification strategy on customer demand. The carmaker’s big advantage is that whenever it decides to head for electrification, it can easily rely on technology of the Renault-Nissan alliance.
Ola Källenius, Zak Brown.
“Electrification will find its way into AMG. It’s not impossible that you’ll have a fully electric version or an AMG variant of an EQ.”
Ensures Mercedes R&D boss Ola Källenius. AMG would not be the first hyper hybrid out there but Källenius actually went a bit further and considered fully electric models for the brand. The SLS Electric Drive was “a know-how builder for AMG” already.
“Going back to Le Mans is something we have identified and are discussing.”
Talking about hypercars – McLaren’s new boss Zak Brown wants to get back into the Le Mans 24 Hours race. It would probably be in the GT ranks, but when asked about another LMP1 prototype, he answered “never say never.”
Caroline Pidgeon, Ola Källenius.
“Because it is a public health crisis, I am planning a highly aggressive programme of improvements that serves due notice to consumers and manufacturers that by 2020 we expect to restrict central London only to those vehicles that have zero or near-zero tailpipe emissions.”
The sooner the better, says London mayoral candidate Caroline Pidgeon (Liberal). She would roll out the Ultra Low Emission Zone in the centre of the British capital in 2018 rather than in 2020, as is currently planned.
“I can only commend to my colleagues to experience themselves over a longer period the viability of our battery-electric vehicles in everyday use.”
Daimler’s Ola Källenius will take over the R&D duties from Dr. Thomas Weber next year. It looks like he is determined to continue the course of electrification.