Tag: Stefan Knirsch

Sep 20, 2016 - 08:38 am

Audi, Tesla, BMW, Stefan Knirsch, Honda.

Affordable Audi SUV? A compact electric SUV for city-dwellers for 25,000 euro is Audi’s latest idea. The Metro would utilise the MEB platform and could be available from 2019. Information on range varies between 250 and 500 km as nothing has been set yet.
autozeitung.de (in German)

Tesla does it longer: The Model S P100D is the EV with the longest range and overtakes the Toyota Mirai by three miles, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Tesla received the official rating of 315 miles thanks to the 100 kWh battery option.

New luxury PHEV by BMW: Pictures of a heavily camouflaged 8 series BMW have emerged. Set to hit the market by 2020, Autocar suggests the new model would come with the same engine line-up as the 7-series. In that case, the BMW 8 will be offered as plug-in hybrid under the iPerformance brand.

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Diesel casualty: Audi’s R&D chief Stefan Knirsch will be suspended this week due to his involvement in VW’s emission scandal. Investigators found that Knirsch knew about the use of cheat software and gave a false promise under oath. He had been responsible for powertrains previously.
europe.autonews.com, forbes.com

Push for hybrids: Other carmakers feel dieselgate, too. Honda thus considers to offer his best-selling Civic as a plug-in hybrid. At Renault, the upcoming 2018 Clio might be first in line to become a mild-hybrid. PHEV variants will remain exclusive to larger models for now.
autoexpress.co.uk (Honda), autoexpress.co.uk (Renault)

Sep 5, 2016 - 08:56 am

Michael Steiner, Elon Musk, Stefan Knirsch.

Michael-Steiner“With the Mission E, we have a very sporty expression of an electric car. Audi has opted for the high-volume segment.”

Michael Steiner, the new head of research & development at Porsche, explains why Porsche and Audi are engineering two different platforms for electric cars, saying the carmakers have both chosen a different approach to the EV segment.

Elon-Musk-Twitter“The third quarter will be our last chance to show investors that Tesla can be at least slightly positive cash flow and profitable before the Model 3 reaches full production.”

Tesla CEO Elon Musk sent an email to his employees, explaining why the fourth quarter 2016 is so important for them. He urged his team to cut costs and “deliver every car we possibly can.”

Stefan-Knirsch_100x100px“By 2025, every fourth Audi should be an electric vehicle. The first model for this is planned to be an SUV we’re going to present in 2018. In the light of these plans, adapting our motorsport programme and taking up a commitment in a fully electric racing series is only a logical move.”

Stefan Knirsch, Audi’s head of technical development, explains why the German carmaker has lent its name and is investing in the Formula E team Abt Schaeffler Audi Sport. The goal is to integrate the series into a factory-backed programme by season 4 (2017/18).

Aug 31, 2016 - 08:28 am

Stefan Knirsch, Johan de Nysschen.

Stefan-Knirsch_100x100px“From 2018, our electric cars will be equipped with asynchronous motors. We are convinced they offer higher efficiency levels than synchronous motors.”

Stefan Knirsch, Audi’s head of Research & Development, says that because there are asynchronous motors with a similar output as synchronous ones but with more rev, the manufacturer can promise a unique driving experience.

Johan-de-Nysschen“Cadillac doesn’t have to be the technological leader for all of GM.”

Cadillac CEO Johan de Nysschen has no real ambition when it comes to electrification. He confirms that we won’t see an all-electric Caddy before 2020. The manufacture just recently dropped its ELR plug-in.


May 4, 2016 - 08:31 am

Stefan Knirsch, Sergio Marchionne, Harald Krüger.

Stefan-Knirsch_100x100px“It may appear today as if all e-motors are the same, but they aren’t. They are at a development stage similar to where combustion engines were in the 1960s or ’70s.”

Audi’s head of development Stefan Knirsch confirms that the German automaker will make in-house build electric drivetrains one of its core competences. He does, however, not see the diesel engine as being dead quite yet.

Sergio-Marchionne“There is nothing Tesla does that we cannot also do. We build cars, sell them, and are still able to pay the bills. But I’m not even sure you can recover all of your costs — let alone generate a profit — through electrification.’

Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne said in an Interview that a hybrid version of a topless LaFerrari Spider is in the pipelines. But pure EVs are still out of the question.

Harald-Krueger“R&D development of iNext will start now. And we have the people on board to do so.”

BMW CEO Harald Krüger says the company has enough qualified people to continue with its electric vehicle programme. Just recently, a handful of key staff had left BMW to join the EV start-up Future Mobility, which is financially backed by Chinese Foxconn.

Mar 15, 2016 - 09:38 am

Takashi Moriya, Stefan Knirsch, Sian Berry.

anonym“Durability, quality control and cost are three areas that need to be controlled going forward. These things are contradictory, so how we do this is going to be a challenge.”

Takashi Moriya is a senior chief engineer in Honda’s fuel cell programme. He outlines the challenges the Japanese carmaker attempts to tackle in a joint project with GM that shall result in a shared hydrogen powertrain by 2020.

Stefan-Knirsch_100x100px“I know there’s a big discussion ‘why fuel cells?’ if everything in the future will be battery electric: at some point there will be a charging infrastructure and the electric ranges will increase, so who needs fuel cell cars? But we don’t see it so black and white at the moment.”

Audi’s head of development Stefan Knirsch explains the company’s two-fold strategy. Audi will lead all of the Volkswagen Group’s efforts concerning FCVs. Knirsch is confident that hydrogen will soon be produced in “a CO2-neutral way.”

Sian-Berry_100x100px“If I’m elected mayor I will immediately exclude the most polluting cars, vans and lorries from central London, and speed up the switchover to make all new buses and taxis zero-emission.”

Hear, hear Sian Berry, who is the Green party’s mayoral candidate for London. The election will be held on May 5th. Her opponents also vowed to tackle air pollution in the British capital albeit by less daring means.

Found on electrive.com
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