Tag: Pawan Goenka

Feb 8, 2017 - 09:25 am

Pawan Goenka, Stefano Domenicali.

Pawan-Goenka“I am counting on this year being the year of electrics.”

As do we, since years, one is tempted to answer Mahindra Managing Director Pawan Goenka. He is talking about India of course, and with the government pondering to buy 100,000 EV and being 100% electric by 2030, Goenka might be right.

Stefano-Domenicali“I believe the right time for us to consider electrification is when – and only when – we can retain the same super sports car characteristics that we have today. Weight and center of gravity, for example. Today, I don’t see that possible in the next 10 years.”

Lamborghini CEO Stefano Domenicali continues his opposition to purely electric models. The sports carmaker has however looked into hybrids and Domenicali named the second variant of the Urus SUV to become Lamborghini’s first hybrid.

Nov 21, 2016 - 08:49 am

Bernhard Maier, Jay Leno, Pawan Goenka.

Bernhard-Maier“We will have a Kodiaq hybrid very shortly after a Superb hybrid. It will be in China first, as that is the biggest market, but Europe soon after.”

Skoda boss Bernhard Maier revealed that both cars will receive plug-in hybrid drivetrain in 2019, while a fully electric car will be added to the companies in 2020.

Jay-Leno“Here’s a guy building an American car in America using American labour and paying them a union wage…the whole bit. Why are you not rooting for it to be successful? Why do you wish it would fail?”

Former Tonight Show host Jay Leno cannot understand why anyone in America wants Elon Musk or Tesla to fail. He also points out that U.S. car companies are a “dying breed,” which should be even more reason to root for the EV maker’s success.

Pawan-Goenka“We are betting on electric vehicles, and not hybrid.”

Pawan Goenka, executive director of Mahindra, sees mild hybrids as benefitting the environment only slightly. He therefore goes a completely different way as competitor Maruti Suzuki, which sees EVs as more of a niche market “at best.”

Sep 3, 2015 - 09:46 am

Takeshi Uchiyamada, Thomas Webber, Pawan Goenka.

Takeshi-Uchiyamada“When you talk of Google and Apple, they are coming from a different industry. I think their development speed is very high. They use information technology–I would consider them as a threat.”

Toyota Chairman Takeshi Uchiyamada says that Google’s and Apple’s strength lies in processing big data, used to drive a car. He added that traditional carmakers should also work on technologies needed to autonomous vehicles and cooperate with the IT companies to keep roads accident free.

thomas-weber“Of course, and soon. We are working on an intelligent concept for a very attractive electric car with a range of 400 to 500 km.”

That is the translation of Thomas Weber’s straight forward answer, when the head of development at Daimler was asked whether the manufacturer was working on a ‘Tesla-fighter.’
auto-motor-und-sport.de (in German)

Pawan-Goenka“Right now it is on electric vehicles as electric vehicles are a viable business. A lot more interests are coming from consumers and the government.”

Pawan Goenka, Executive Director of Mahindra & Mahindra, wants to focus on all-electric cars. He says the company is already testing vehicles other than its e20 and that the Verito will arrive soon in some markets.


Jul 15, 2015 - 08:46 am

Pawan Goenka, Dirk Streichert.

Pawan-Goenka“Our plan is to enter the market exclusively with electric vehicles. Both two and four-wheelers. And we want to cater to the sub-£10,000 segment of the electric vehicle market.”

Pawan Goenka, Executive Director of Mahindra & Mahindra on the company’s UK strategy. In a first step, the introduction of a new e2o model on the Isles is scheduled for early next year.

anonym“We do see plug-in hybrids as a long-term solution to pollution and we are making heavy investments in that, and there’s a lot more coming. At some point, we will bring the technology to our compact cars as our CO2 targets are important for the environment. The UK leads the worldwide market in terms of CO2 relevance.”

Dirk Streichert, head of development of Compact Cars at Mercedes, is trying to assert some reassurance, as he also announced that the GLC plug-in can only be expected in Great Britain in “one or two years,” much later than in the rest of Europe.

Apr 9, 2015 - 08:35 am

Ketil Solvik-Olsen, Pawan Goenka.

Ketil-Solvik-Olsen“Our experience might not work in countries with a strong automobile industry. We succeeded in increasing electric car sales, because we kept high taxes on regular cars and cut taxes on electric cars.”

Norway’s Minister of Transportation Ketil Solvik-Olsen on how and if his country might serve as a model for others. He also pointed out Norway’s unique position of having plenty of hydroelectricity at its disposal that can greenly power the EV boom.

Pawan-Goenka“I think more OEMs have to come into this field. It cannot be just one OEM selling one vehicle. Only then will it lead to more awareness. Today, people do not know about EVs and whether it’s only Mahindra selling or Tata selling, there’s no awareness. Tomorrow if there are six OEMs who all talk about EVs, promote EVs, then everybody will benefit from it. So, I would like more competition here!”

This is Dr. Pawan Goenka, Executive Director of Mahindra & Mahindra, practically begging for more competition on the Indian EV market to simply get it going.

Mar 19, 2015 - 10:12 am

Vincent Bolloré, Pawan Goenka.

Vincent-Bollore“The key element in an electric vehicle isn’t the vehicle, it’s the electrical systems.”

Vincent Bolloré from the French company of the same name has set his eyes firmly on the aftermarket for EV batteries, using them as energy storage devices. He believes the market to be worth “hundreds of billions of dollars.”

Pawan-Goenka“We remain very optimistic that electric vehicles will become a significant portion, about two-five per cent of the Indian automotive industry, in the next four-five years.”

Pawan Goenka, Executive Director and President (Automotive & Farm Equipment sectors) at Mahindra, seems to have a careful but not entirely hopeless approach to electric vehicles. He continues to push for government incentives to speed up EV adoption.


Found on electrive.com
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