Jeremy Thomson, Ryan Popple.
“By 2019 we’ll have an electric vehicle in the range globally and we’re looking at whether by 2021 we could have a plug-in hybrid solution as well.”
That is how Mazda’s UK managing director Jeremy Thomson outlines the electrification strategy for the following years. Speaking at the launch of the new CX-5, Thomson also stated that Mazda is considering the possibilities of hydrogen-fuelled vehicles.
“We hope we have as big an impact on transit as Tesla has had on the light-duty vehicle sector.”
Proterra CEO Ryan Popple intends to become a heavyweight in the electric bus market. He predicts that by 2025 every transit agency in the States and many in Europe and Asia will convert to all-electric buses.
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Gernot Döllner, Ryan Popple.
“No other car manufacturer has understood that hybrid drivetrains can be used to add more performance. To this day, we have not been copied in that area.”
Dr. Gernot Döllner, head of the Porsche 918 Spyder project says that McLaren and Ferrari can’t compete with the German hypercar, because neither uses hybrid technology to push performance. He also confirmed two new Panamera performance hybrid derivatives.
“I would not want to be the last agency to purchase diesel or CNG. The residual value of that tech will be zero.”
Proterra CEO Ryan Popple believes that hybrid, diesel and CNG buses “will go completely extinct in transit” from 2020, and that by 2030, all bus fleets in California and Washington state could be all-electric.
Ryan Popple, Gareth Dunsmore, Mate Rimac.
“There will also be environmental and social justice pressures. How do you deploy 25 zero-emission buses in one part of the city, and then continue to emit diesel fumes on all the other bus routes? There is a fairness aspect to that.”
Proterra CEO Ryan Popple shares his experiences in the electric bus market. He believes it will grow ever stronger once the “electric adoption rate gets closer to around 20% of the fleets.” Already, demand has led to an 18 month order backlog.
“Countries that start and stop [incentives] don’t move forward. It’s not the amount of money, but the message that turns people’s heads. It’s to show there are different options.”
And the Nissan BladeGlider is one of them, says Gareth Dunsmore, director of electric vehicles for Nissan Europe. While being a concept car that will most likely not make it into production, it is surely designed to turn heads and to move people’s minds.
“What the local workforce lacks in industry experience is made up by their enthusiasm and drive.”
Rimac founder and CEO Mate Rimac on building luxury cars in Croatia. As Rimac manufactures almost every component on-site, the team grew together as a “family.”
Elon Musk, Ryan Popple.
“We knew we had a system that on balance would save lives.”
In light of the Autopilot-related crash, Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced that the company will inform drivers better about how to use the system and how to act. Tesla is not looking to deactivate the system, as it will save lives in the long run.
“The interesting thing is these diesel buses have such massive fuel tanks—given how inefficient they are—that it takes longer to completely refill an 80- or 120-gallon diesel bus system than it does to recharge our electric vehicles.”
Proterra CEO Ryan Popple strikes down one of the most common arguments against electric buses – charging time. And the company just recently released patents on overhead fast-charging technology for electric buses, so all can copy it.
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Christina Figueres, Takahiro Hachigo, Ryan Popple.
“Tesla is certainly opening up a very, very new ground. But Tesla, as we all know, is not exactly ‘the people’s vehicle’.”
Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), said she is “delighted” by VW’s diesel scandal and hopes the carmaker will as a result turn away from diesel and to electrification on a revolutionary large scale.
“In Europe as well as Asia we are selling the diesel engines to a certain extent, but what will happen in the future is really up to what our customers want to see.”
For Honda CEO and president Takahiro Hachigo, diesel technology has never been much of a priority and will be even less so in the future, especially in markets like China and the U.S., where demand for diesel cars is traditionally low.
“Now we’re moving into the realm where we can do over 200 miles on a single charge, and we’re going to keep pushing that.”
Proterra CEO Ryan Popple would like to see a track range of 300 miles rather sooner than later. To achieve its goal, the bus manufacturer will use lighter composites.
Ola Elvestuen, Ryan Popple.
“By 2025, it is entirely possible to fully eliminate cars that run on diesel and gas, and completely switch to ecological alternatives.”
Ola Elvestuen, member of Norway’s Liberal Party and chair of the legislature’s Standing Committee on Energy and the Environment, is convinced that the country needs to fully electrify in ten years. He says that right now, one third of Norway’s emissions comes from transportation.
“What really bothers us is when a city blindly re-orders 500 diesel buses. You might as well build a new coal-fired power plant right in the middle of your city.”
Proterra CEO Ryan Popple says that aside from the obvious environmental issues, electric buses are much cheaper than diesel-powered ones in the long-run, and the initial cost is dropping as battery prices decrease. That is why e-buses should already be roaming more city streets than they are.
Ryan Popple, Steve Jurvetson, Brendan Jones.
“This market is going to be the first to eliminate fossil fuel use.”
Proterra CEO Ryan Popple refers to public transport, the market his electric buses are aiming for. He is conviced that transit is “ripe for disruption” and worries less about orders than about scaling to fulfill demand at the moment.
“In 2020, if Tesla’s cars are autonomous, he’d want to buy all of them.”
Steve Jurvetson, Tesla board member, recalls his recent conversation with Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, who is apparently ready to buy every Tesla made in 2020 – given all 500,000 units are self-driving by then.
“The very near future suggests that anything below 50 kW is not going to be considered fast charging.”
Brendan Jones, Vice-President East Region at NRG eVgo, intends to speed things up. Already, there are no stations below 44 kW in the company’s network and the vision is to integrate 100-kW charging sooner rather than later.
Sankar Das Gupta, Ryan Popple.
“You always need two or three major players to create the market — and Tesla is terrific at creating the market.”
Electrovaya-CEO Sankar Das Gupta welcomes his new competitor, as the Californian EV maker is taking major steps into the stationery energy storage market. Electrovaya just bought Europe’s largest “gigaplant” from Evonik and is thus hoping to profit from Tesla’s momentum.
“Every year, we see better quotes from the battery wars.”
Ryan Popple, CEO of American bus manufacturer Proterra, has set its eyes on transforming the domestic market by replacing diesel with electric buses. In order to do so, prices have to be equalised eventually and he claims that by decreasing battery prices, this could be the case very soon.
Ryan Popple, Simon Coveney, Nick Hardy.
“Diesel is a dead man walking.”
Proterra CEO Ryan Popple here very clearly formulated his thoughts on the future fuel for public transport. His company successfully builds and sells electric buses.
“You will see some very big initiatives over the next couple of months to promote electric transport.”
Simon Coveney, Ireland’s minister for agriculture, is talking about the planned expansion of EV incentives on the island as the existing ones have so far only led to sales of less than 700 in the last five years. The new package is to include further measures to reduce costs as well as introduce privileges for EV drivers.
“The technology is understood and company car drivers are no longer cautious of a hybrid.”
Nick Hardy, sales and marketing director at Ogilvie Fleet. The company is seeing “a shift away from pure diesel company cars,” he adds, as more electric and hybrid models become available from mainstream manufacturers.