Tag: Peter Mertens

Jun 27, 2017 - 08:02 am

Carlos Ghosn, Peter Mertens.

Carlos-Ghosn“We are not at all jealous on the contrary. I consider that the more Tesla advances, the more Tesla develops and the more it helps us.”

Being quite the EV ambassador himself, Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn tips his hat for his colleague at Tesla and his mission for vision.

Peter-Mertens“Currently, a kilowatt hour costs about 100 euros depending on the model. Only when we come well below that price, will E-mobility in volume segments be interesting.”

Peter Mertens, Audi’s new head of technical development, claim is rather astonishing given that his price is the lowest named by any carmaker to date. In the same interview he also strengthened Audi’s commitment to diesel.
insideevs.com, auto-motor-und-sport.de (original source in German)

Jun 13, 2016 - 07:06 am

Laur Lembke, Peter Mertens.

Laura-Lembke“An electric vehicle is better suited to car-sharing. Car-sharing and EV technology adoption go hand in hand.”

Laura Lembke, Morgan Stanley’s vice president of automotive on the future of mobility. The consultancy firm expects EV sales to rise to about 15 percent marketshare by 2020 from well below 10% today.

Peter-Mertens“Every time I drive Autopilot, I’m convinced it’s trying to kill me.”

Volvo’s head of R&D, Peter Mertens feels anything else than safe in Tesla’s autonomous mode. His critique went further when he said that “anyone who moves too early is risking the entire autonomous industry,” so Volvo will move slowly.

May 26, 2016 - 08:04 am

Peter Mertens, CAR Institute, Lee Hutchinson.

Peter-Mertens“The 40.1 concept is very close to what the car will look like in reality. We’re going to launch it next year so we do not have much time to reinvent the wheel.”

Peter Mertens, senior VP of Research & Development at Volvo on the upcoming VolvoXC40, which will also be offered as PHEV. It is one of the Swedes smaller cars and destined for India as well.

anonym“For the first time, the acceptance of diesel cars in Germany, birthplace of the diesel car, has dropped over an extended period.”

Says the latest study of German CAR Institute of the Duisburg-Essen University, which looks at the aftermath of Volkswagen’s diesel gate that reflects on the whole industry.

Lee-Hutchinson“If there’s one thing I don’t necessarily like about it, it’s the braking. It tends to brake a little late. Not dangerously late, but maybe a little later than I would if it were my feet.”

This is Ars Technica’s Lee Hutchinson after testing the Tesla Autopilot. He deems the feature a success overall but one that one has to learn to trust first, it appears.
youtube.com via sfgate.com


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May 19, 2016 - 09:17 am

The Queen of England, Peter Mertens, Shiro Nakamura.

Queen-Elizabeth“My ministers will ensure the United Kingdom is at the forefront of technology for new forms of transport, including autonomous and electric vehicles.”

The Queen of England spoke at the House of Lords in London, saying that she wants the country to focus on the new transportation technologies. She referred the Modern Transport Bill, said to bring about new legislation for self-driving cars.

Peter-Mertens“They don’t have to be ugly. PHEV or EV is a normal vehicle built in the same plants. There’s no need to shout ‘I’m different’ – you just choose your powertrain.”

Peter Mertens, senior VP of research and development at Volvo, says there is no reason for an electric car to be identified as such from the far. The carmaker’s new Compact Modular Architecture allows engineers to just switch drivetrain parts in the same model.

Shiro-Nakamura“Electrification is almost inevitable for any car. If the next-generation GT-R has some electrification, nobody would be surprised at that time.”

Nissan’s chief creative officer Shiro Nakamura says that the focus for the next generation of the GT-R is fuel efficiency. Depending on the new drivetrain, the design of the car could also change significantly.

Oct 26, 2015 - 09:11 am

Hiroto Saikawa, Peter Mertens, Tesla.

Hiroto-Saikawa“The fuel consumption targets will become very stringent, and that will kick in at around 2019/2020, especially in the United States. Suddenly there will be surge of demand.”

Nissan Corporate Officer Hiroto Saikawa takes tightening emission regulations as a fact and good news for EV demand. The Japanese firm expects electric car sales to make five percent of its total sales around 2020 and ten percent shortly after. If hybrids are counted in, a 50 percent share is expected to be possible.

Peter-Mertens“We have come to a point where the cost versus benefit calculation for electrification is now almost positive. Battery technology has improved, costs are going down, and public acceptance of electrification is no longer a question.”

Dr Peter Mertens, Senior VP for R&D at Volvo, has a similarly positive outlook on electrification as Nissan but predominantly claims technological advances rather than tighter regulations. The first fully electric Volvo is reportedly scheduled for 2019.

Tesla“The driver cannot abdicate responsibility for driving.”

Hands-off – not, is Tesla’s reaction to a video that shows a Model S coming dangerously close to move into oncoming traffic. Autopilot apparently does not yet mean handless and headless driving.
bbc.co.uk, youtube.com

Aug 29, 2014 - 08:47 am

Wang Chuanfu, Vien Truong, Peter Mertens.

Wang-Chuanfu“We believe this is the right product at the right time.”

Wang Chuanfu, head of BYD, comments on the upcoming Denza EV, saying that the Chinese government is making it easier for electric vehicles to enter the market, by investing in infrastructure and proposing incentives.

Vien-Truong“This bill will make electric cars and car-sharing opportunities affordable to working families.”

Vien Truong, Environmental Equity Director for The Greenlining Institute, comments on a proposed measure, which would see additional rebates for electric cars be made available for California residents with a particularly low income. The proposal is set to pass the state’s senate and be signed into law soon.

Peter-Mertens“It took us 100 years to get to lithium ion. I don’t see that quantum leap [in battery technology] coming quickly.”

Peter Mertens, Volvo’s senior vice president of research and development, says that one should not bet on significant changes of battery technology at this time.



Aug 28, 2014 - 09:01 am

Hubertus Troska, Peter Mertens, Jason Forcier.

hubertus_troska“We’re very upbeat because we definitely believe we have the best Chinese electric vehicle.”

Hubertus Troska, head of Daimler in China, is excited about the launch of the Denza electric car, designed for the Chinese market. Though he declined to comment on sales targets.

Peter-Mertens“We say for the next five or six years minimum, plug-in hybrids is the right answer.”

Peter Mertens, Volvo’s senior vice president of research and development say that the company will continue to focus on PHEV, because there is a larger market at time. But he does say that may change as battery prices drop.

Jason-Forcier“We’re not where we want to be yet, but we’re the largest lithium-ion battery maker in Michigan, and we’re coming back.”

Jason Forcier, CEO of A123 Systems, is certain that his company will make it back to the top with its new line of smaller low-voltage cells for the “micro-hybrid.” That is also because the batteries’ weight has been reduced significantly.

Found on electrive.com
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