Tag: Takahiro Hachigo

May 18, 2016 - 08:14 am

Sadiq Khan, Takahiro Hachigo, Bob Lutz.

Sadiq-Khan“I have been elected with a clear mandate to clean up London’s air. The previous mayor was too slow on this issue, the government has been hopelessly inactive and it’s Londoners who are suffering as a result.”

London’s new mayor Sadiq Khan has proposed a new ‘T-Charge’ (for toxicity) that would penalise drivers of polluting vehicles in the British capital. As it will supposedly be based on NOx emissions, diesel vehicles would be hit first with the fee.

Takahiro-Hachigo“We see the PHEV as a necessary step but not the goal.”

Honda Motor President and CEO Takahiro Hachigo acknowledges plug-in hybrids but ultimately aims at electric and fuel cell vehicles instead. His prediction is that by 2050, “these cars will be dominant in the mix of models we build.”

bob-lutz“I think it’s going to be delayed again.”

Bob Lutz shows “concern” regarding the Tesla Model 3. He continues to repeat his usual argument that the EV maker’s business model is flawed, as it is not driven by (short term) profit.

Mar 14, 2016 - 10:26 am

Takahiro Hachigo, Richard Howard, Lance Bradley.

Takahiro-Hachigo“We think hydrogen, which is CO2-free, is the ultimate technology we should pursue.”

Honda is one of the few automakers putting hydrogen cars on the road, and CEO Takahiro Hachigo makes it clear that when it comes to infrastructure and hydrogen storage, it cannot do it alone. He predicts that the technology will be mass-market ready within ten years.

Richard-Howard“Instead of increasing diesel fuel duty or banning diesels from city centres, the government should look to increase taxes on new diesel cars and offer scrappage grants to take old polluting diesels off the road.”

Richard Howard is head of environment and energy of British think tank Policy Exchange, which called for a rise in road tax for new diesel cars in the UK. Existing diesel drivers should be exempt, as they bought their cars thinking they were doing the environment a favour – they in turn could benefit from a scrappage scheme.

Lance-Bradley“We never expected the grant to last forever, we just asked for a phased removal, and while this change has come quicker than we hoped, we expect to maintain momentum.”

Mitsubishi UK boss Lance Bradley is confident Outlander PHEV sales won’t suffer a long-term drop. Though government incentives will decrease by half this month, he expects buyers will continue to see the car’s advantages and be willing to pay the extra initial cost.

Feb 25, 2016 - 09:43 am

Takahiro Hachigo, Bodo Uebber, Carlos Ghosn.

Takahiro-Hachigo“We will make a plug-in hybrid type available for our major models and increase the number of models sequentially.”

Honda Motor President and CEO Takahiro Hachigo comments on the carmaker’s plan to electrify or hybridise two thirds of its line-up by 2030.

Bodo-Uebber“This is the only market where people are reacting on the fuel price.”

Daimler CFO Bodo Uebber is talking about the U.S. market, where consumers currently tend to prefer bigger cars and trucks, as petrol prices are low. This back and forth is making it difficult for carmakers to meet fuel-efficiency standards.

Carlos-Ghosn“Our preference as a business is, of course, that the UK stays within Europe – it makes the most sense for jobs, trade and costs.”

Carlos Ghosn, head of the Renault-Nissan Alliance, gets political, as he comments on the possible Brexit. The Nissan Leaf is currently being built in the UK, which will vote on whether it wants stay in the EU or not.


Nov 6, 2015 - 09:23 am

Christina Figueres, Takahiro Hachigo, Ryan Popple.

Christiana-Figueres“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.

Takahiro-Hachigo“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.

Ryan-Popple“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.

Jul 7, 2015 - 08:44 am

Takahiro Hachigo, Ben Scott.

Takahiro-Hachigo“As the next-generation of mobility products, Honda will evolve products that use electricity as a core technology.”

Takahiro Hachigo is the new President and CEO of Honda Motor Co. and laid out the cornerstones of his strategy. He also made reference to the Clarity fuel cell vehicle, which he intends to introduce on the Japanese market by no later than spring 2016.
hondanews.info via greencarcongress.com

Ben-Scott“We recognize the potential of Germany and France. They are the ‘sleeping giants’ of e-mobility, but their EV charging station networks are currently underdeveloped with respect to the size of those countries.”

Ben Scott, senior analyst at IHS Automotive, concludes in a recent report that infrastructure is crucial for EV uptake and sees Europe’s two biggest nations far behind countries like Japan and even the UK, Norway or the Netherlands.

Found on electrive.com
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