“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.
“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.
“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.