Tag: Takeshi Uchiyamada

Sep 11, 2017 - 08:50 am

Hakan Samuelsson, Takeshi Uchiyamada.

“We bought it with this in mind. We have been working in secret preparing for this. That’s why we can already show the first cars [this autumn].”

Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson on the Polestar brand that the firm bought in 2015 – apparently already with the plan to make it into what he calls a “high performance electric brand focused on progressive performance.”

“In order for vehicles to be powered solely by batteries, we still need two or three more technological breakthroughs.”

Toyota Chairman Takeshi Uchiyamada here again exhibits his restrain when it comes to fully electric cars and would not say, when Toyota plans to join the all-electric club.

Feb 17, 2017 - 09:45 am

Ian Robertson, Takeshi Uchiyamada.

ian-robertson“Having recently had the final design review, you can assume that it’s a bigger car rather than a smaller one, and you can assume that the packaging for the next generation of batteries has to be accommodated in such a way that gives the car a certain proportion.”

Ian Robertson, BMW’s head of sales and marketing, here talks about the iNext EV, which he expects “will have much stronger volume proportions behind it.”

Takeshi-Uchiyamada“Today, 40% of Toyota’s new vehicles are hybrids. Reality actually was beyond my imagination.”

Instances in which reality surpasses the imagination are rare and enough for Toyota chairman Takeshi Uchiyamada to believe in yet another decade of record-breaking hybrid, or Prius sales.

Apr 18, 2016 - 07:59 am

Sergio Marchionne, Takeshi Uchiyamada, Diarmuid O'Connell.

Sergio-Marchionne“If [Tesla CEO Elon Musk] can show me that the car will be profitable at that price, I will copy the formula, add the Italian design flair and get it to the market within 12 months.”

Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne isn’t opposed to building a compact electric car if it makes sound business sense. 400,000 Tesla Model 3 have already been reserved, but Marchionne wants to wait until the cars are delivered before being convinced.

Takeshi-Uchiyamada“It did not run. We applied all the engineering brain power we had. After 49 days, the day before Christmas, it finally ran. But only for 500 meters. We did not give up. Two years later in 1997, we introduced a breakthrough hybrid-powered vehicle called the Prius.”

Toyota chairman Takeshi Uchiyamada is known as the father of the Prius hybrid. Toyota is still struggling to push hydrogen cars, and Uchiyamada is reminded of the many troubles his Prius hybrid initially faced.

Diarmuid-O-Connell“It’s a success as far as it is right now. The real success will be delivering a great product at the volumes are possible and necessary.”

The Tesla Model 3 may be making huge waves, but the real test, says Diarmuid O’Connell, Tesla Vice President of Business Development, is yet to come.
electrek.co (with video)


Sep 3, 2015 - 09:46 am

Takeshi Uchiyamada, Thomas Webber, Pawan Goenka.

Takeshi-Uchiyamada“When you talk of Google and Apple, they are coming from a different industry. I think their development speed is very high. They use information technology–I would consider them as a threat.”

Toyota Chairman Takeshi Uchiyamada says that Google’s and Apple’s strength lies in processing big data, used to drive a car. He added that traditional carmakers should also work on technologies needed to autonomous vehicles and cooperate with the IT companies to keep roads accident free.

thomas-weber“Of course, and soon. We are working on an intelligent concept for a very attractive electric car with a range of 400 to 500 km.”

That is the translation of Thomas Weber’s straight forward answer, when the head of development at Daimler was asked whether the manufacturer was working on a ‘Tesla-fighter.’
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Pawan-Goenka“Right now it is on electric vehicles as electric vehicles are a viable business. A lot more interests are coming from consumers and the government.”

Pawan Goenka, Executive Director of Mahindra & Mahindra, wants to focus on all-electric cars. He says the company is already testing vehicles other than its e20 and that the Verito will arrive soon in some markets.

Nov 20, 2014 - 09:34 am

Takeshi Uchiyamada, Jay Vijayan, Bill Fay.

Takeshi-Uchiyamada“Gasoline has been the primary fuel of the first hundred years. Hydrogen will be the primary fuel game of the next hundred years.”

Takeshi Uchiyamada, Toyota Chairman, on the launch of the Mirai fuel cell sedan. He went on enforcing the Japanese carmakers new strategy, calling FCVs a “social and economic gamechanger.”

Jay-Vijayan“We know there is a good potential in India for Tesla. Based on demand there could be a manufacturing plant in Asia and India could be one of the possible locations.”

Jay Vijayan, Chief Information Officer for Tesla Motors, on the company setting eyes on India, which could be opened up as a new market for the luxury EVs as early as 2015, given that taxation and legislation issues would be addressed.

Bill-Fay“The only thing early adopters will have to worry about is how to answer all the questions they’ll get from their neighbours.”

Toyota USA group vice president and general manager Bill Fay is on track to truly make the Mirai FCV a gamechanger just as the Prius prove to be.

Nov 19, 2014 - 09:21 am

Takeshi Uchiyamada, Takanobu Ito, Carlos Ghosn, Mark Fields.

Takeshi-Uchiyamada“The gas-electric hybrid technology in the first Prius blazed a new trail, that many critics said could not be blazed. The hydrogen fuel cell technology in the new Mirai will do the same.”

Takeshi Uchiyamada, Chairman of Board at Toyota, is enforcing the company’s hopes for the Mirai to do the same for hydrogen vehicles that the Prius achieved for hybrids.

Takanobu-Ito“We’ve been going through some issues and we want to ask for some time so that we can be extra careful in the development of this car.”

Honda CEO Takanobu Ito is asking for patience for the introduction of the company’s FCV. The delay has nothing to do with the car itself, Ito added, but is due to the recent wave of recalls which has led Honda to adopt an extra cautious strategy.

Carlos-Ghosn“You need to follow not what the consumer is telling you they want, but what are the trends for the consumer. Not what they are asking from you today, but what they are going to be asking for you tomorrow; and that is why you need to prepare for it.”

For Carlos Ghosn, Chairman and CEO of the Renault-Nissan Alliance, electric vehicles are “part of the cards,” no matter if the demand is there yet or not.

Mark-Fields-Ford“Tesla has done a very good job of bringing electrified cars into the consciousness of the American people, but Tesla’s approach is to cater to a high-end consumer.”

An approach Ford certainly never shared. Consequently, Ford CEO Mark Fields is aiming at making EVs that are “attainable to the masses.”


Mar 14, 2014 - 10:21 am

Takeshi Uchiyamada, Gilles Bernard, Dilbagh Gill.

Takeshi-Uchiyamada“I foresee hybrid models pretty soon reaching 20 percent of global sales from about 13 percent to 14 percent now.”

Takeshi Uchiyamada, Toyota-Chairman and father of the Prius, does not even include plug-in hybrids in his forecast, saying the cost of the vehicles are too high due to low initial volumes. He contradicts VW’s prediction that plug-in hybrids have the biggest market potential among plug-in technologies.

Gilles-Bernard“If we want to face the real problem of e-mobility, we need an open market of services. (…) This question of ‘where is the next charging station?’ should not exist.”

Gilles Bernard, Chairman of the Board at Gireve, a consortium of French carmakers, financial institutions and utilities, says that the first step in building up charging infrastructure (national and international) is to bring together service providers and station operators. The goal is the possibility to recharge at any station, no matter the operator.
Source: at the Hubject Developers Conference in Berlin

Dilbagh-Gill“We believe that Formula E is the perfect platform to help enhance our knowledge and expertise of electric vehicles, while also helping us to transfer cutting edge technology to our road cars.”

Dilbagh Gill, Team Principal at Mahindra Racing, sees the challenges Formula E will face in its first year as the perfect opportunity to tackle problems such as aerodynamics or setting standards for testing an e-racer.

Found on electrive.com
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