Tag: Patrice Ratti

Jan 17, 2017 - 09:24 am

Gerard Detourbet, Sergio Marchionne, Patrice Ratti.

Gerard-Detourbet_100x100px“Look to China rather than the U.S. for the future of electric cars. China is compelled to act – that’s the main difference.”

Gerard Detourbet, a Renault-Nissan executive leading low-cost plug-in development, snubbed the U.S. reservation towards electrification, especially with President-elect Trump vowing to roll back previous measures. U.S. carmakers still invest in electric mobility – but mainly to keep up in China and not at home.

Sergio-Marchionne“The single largest drawback to electrification to us as OEMs is that we’re no longer in control of the components side; all batteries will be made by others.”

Fiat-Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne says that while the carmaker can develop a lot of technology in regards to electric powertrains on its own, many parts and especially the battery will come from others. “It’s really a question of capacity and access to that capacity,” he added.

Patrice-Ratti“A full-electric RS car, yes, it’s coherent with the strategy of Renault and the evolution of the market and we’re looking at the improvements of the batteries now, but it’s still not enough yet.”

Renault Sport boss Patrice Ratti says that performance hybrids and even a full EV model have a place in carmaker’s future line-up. But at this point, the cars would still be too heavy.

Nov 23, 2016 - 09:07 am

Matthias Müller, Matthias Luehrs, Patrice Ratti.

Matthias-Mueller“There is no supply shortage, there is a demand shortage. On one hand, many Germans think and act green, but when it comes to electric mobility, they wrinkle their noses. I have a hard time understanding this phenomenon.”

Volkswagen CEO Matthias Müller tried to blame the lack of EVs on the road on consumers. A comment that backfired. After all, wouldn’t carmakers first need to offer affordable electric cars with sufficient range and invest in the infrastructure?

Matthias-Luehrs“We have to look at that and see whether it makes sense to offer diesels in the future. We have not come to a conclusion, but we obviously always tend to develop cars and offer vehicles according to customers’ demands.”

According to Matthias Luehrs, vice president of sales and product management for Mercedes-Benz Cars, Mercedes could “theoretically” stop selling diesel cars in the U.S. all together.

Patrice-Ratti“It is not difficult to make an electric sports car. The challenge is to do it with the size of the battery of the Zoe.”

Patrice Ratti, head of Renault Sport, says that while electric mobility would present so many advantages for sports cars, the battery size remains an issue.

Oct 6, 2015 - 08:18 am

Patrice Ratti, Ian Chisholm, Christian von Koenigsegg.

Patrice-Ratti“It will happen, but not tomorrow.”

Renault Sport CEO Patrice Ratti on hybrid or fully electric RS models. He does think they are possible in the future but only if they will be embedded in a company-wide strategy (hybrids) and if battery prices decrease further.

Ian-Chisholm“Unnecessarily scrapping diesel-powered vehicles in favour of new electric or hybrid vehicles has its own environmental repercussions.”

Ian Chisholm, executive director of British Institute of Road Transport Engineers (IRTE), here opposes Lord Drayson’s critique of current UK diesel tax breaks, which Drayson branded as lethal while calling for a scrappage scheme.

Christian-von-Koenigsegg“I think that around that time (2020), the cars offered on the market will be 70-90% combustion engined cars and 10-30% electric cars but people will be walking away from combustion cars in big numbers.”

Christian von Koenigsegg, CEO of the company with the same name, actually expects a “bloodbath” as people will rush to buy EVs, esp. as supply will lack behind demand. Yet, Koenigsegg will continue to build conventional cars for “connoisseurs.”


Aug 5, 2015 - 08:03 am

Patrice Ratti, Mike Flewitt.

Patrice-Ratti“Hybridisation could help because of the CO2 [savings]. What’s also great with electric motors is the acceleration. We’re working on it, but we cannot go too expensive with technology.”

Patrice Ratti, managing director of RenaultSport is open to hybrids in his segment, as long as they enhance the performance of his road models. Purely electric cars require too much batteries at the moment.

Mike-Flewitt“If you go far enough out I think you’ll find the IC engine becoming less significant, one day potentially nothing more than a range extender. That’s the way the whole segment is moving.”

Mike Flewitt, CEO of McLaren, is thinking along similar lines although at another price point. He believes that in ten years, at least half of all McLarens will be hybrids.

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