Tag: Thomas Weber

Nov 28, 2016 - 08:38 am

Thomas Weber, Jeffrey Guyton, Cynthia Giles.

thomas-weber“By 2025 we want to develop ten electric cars based on the same architecture. For this push, we want to invest ten billion euros.”

Daimler’s research and development chief Thomas Weber added that three of the ten electric models will be Smart-branded cars, where a range of 150 km will suffice. Other (new) electric cars, however, will be able to go 600 to 700 km on one charge.

Jeff-Guyton“It’s not as though we disapprove of electric or hybrid drivetrains. And electrification will be necessary in the long-term. But we currently focus on making our combustion engines more efficient.”

Jeffrey Guyton, head of Mazda Europe, basically says we shouldn’t get to euphoric about a recent announcement that Mazda will introduce some EVS “where it’s needed in the world” (we reported). It seems Europe is not one of those regions.
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Cynthia-Giles“The ZEV investment requirement will be a business investment made by Volkswagen.”

According to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency enforcement chief Cynthia Giles, VW should see the diesel settlement and investment in ZEV projects as an opportunity to make money in the future. The company will i.e. have to install chargers across the U.S.

Jul 11, 2016 - 08:57 am

Thomas Weber, Richard Branson, David Martell.

thomas-weber“Today the S-Class has an electric range of some 30 kilometres. Next year, as part of the facelift, we will attain a range of 50 kilometres for the first time. We are anticipating further leaps in range by the year 2020 thanks to the continued evolution of lithium-ion batteries.”

Thomas Weber, member of the Board of Management at Daimler AG, says they will be electrifying all Mercedes-Benz model series and that hybrids will also have a bright future at the company. The manufacturer will be putting ten plug-in hybrids on the road by 2017.

Richard-Branson“Fifteen years from now, I suspect every car on the road will be electric.”

Virgin boss Richard Branson believes that not only will the Formula E take over Formula 1, but that EVs will take over the car market.
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David-Martell“Chargemaster regards existing standards and regulations as adequate and the planned enforcement of new laws through AFID is unconstructive and likely to interfere with the deployment of public charging infrastructure.”

We quoted David Martell, head of Chargemaster, saying he hoped that with Brexit, the UK may no longer have to follow an EU directive and add CCS to new charging stations. He would like to add that the company’s chargers already feature all standards and that he is in favour of standardisation – but that restrictions imposed by the Alternative Fuel Directive could do more harm than good.
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Jun 16, 2016 - 08:59 am

Thomas Weber, Michael O'Brien.

thomas-weber“We are investing massively in electric mobility. We are convinced the market is now ready.”

Daimler head of development Thomas Weber seems to have recognized the signs of time and to want to put an end to the manufacturer’s inactivity in terms of electrification (you cannot currently buy the Smart ED and the B-series ED won’t sell), saying that Daimler is working on a “dedicated vehicle architecture for purely battery-electric vehicles.”

Michael-O-Brien-Hyundai“The advantage that we see with hydrogen is the ability to cover our entire model line without offering any significant vehicle compromise that can be measured.”

Michael O’Brien, Hyundai’s vice president of corporate and product planning, says the manufacturer is betting on fuel cell vehicles, because the technology does not “inconvenience” customers, meaning that they won’t need to change their habits. An argument that will sell cars.


Apr 15, 2016 - 08:30 am

Dan Nicholson, Erik Fairbarn, Thomas Weber.

Dan-Nicholson“It will have more than 200 miles of range and it will be in production by the end of 2016, so it’s not necessary to put down 1,000 dollars and wait until 2018 or sometime after that.”

Dan Nicholson, vice president of global propulsion systems at GM, talks about the upcoming Chevy Bolt, stressing that it will be available before the Tesla Model 3.

Erik-Fairbarn“We have a vision that there will be a Pod Point everywhere that you park for an hour or more.”

Charging point company Pod Point’s CEO, Erik Fairbarn, sees a world covered in Pod Point stations. They have already installed some 22,000 units and expect to install another 15,000 by the end of the year.

thomas-weber“A small electric vehicle is now available, so there is a chance that the infrastructure will grow and public acceptance will also grow. The Model 3 is bringing EVs into a more affordable area and into the public’s eye.”

Daimler head of development, Thomas Weber, sees the upcoming Tesla vehicle as a first step toward affordable electric vehicles and creating infrastructure. Though it isn’t clear when the technology will truly become widespread, it’s a positive step.

Mar 3, 2016 - 09:20 am

Thomas Weber, Harald Krueger, Mike Flewitt.

thomas-weber“We just do not want to be the champions of announcements.”

Daimler chief developer Thomas Weber didn’t budge when asked about timing and models for a possible electric car offensive. He did say, however, that a BEV is not far, but would have to remain secret to keep a competitive advantage.
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Harald-Krueger“We need government support to boost sales. We’re in positive talks with the German government and I expect there will be a resolution soon.”

BMW CEO Harald Krueger adds to the discourse about EV incentives in Germany. The Bavarian carmaker is clearly a proponent, as is the Bavarian branch of the conservative party CSU and the social democrats.

Carlos-Ghosn“If Germany takes important measures to support electric cars, it’s going to help us a lot to boost the volume.”

Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn thinks along the same lines and believes a German incentive scheme would get the market going.

Mike-Flewitt“Our next hybrid vehicle will launch towards the latter part of our six-year plan, and we will see at least 50 percent featuring hybrid technology by 2022.”

McLaren CEO Mike Flewitt makes it clear – the carmaker is all about hybridisation. Flewitt added that engineers were looking into full electrification in the Ultimate Series.

Jan 13, 2016 - 09:48 am

Thomas Weber, Elon Musk, Carlos Ghosn.

thomas-weber“Our research is behind us and we are in the middle of the roll-out of the next phase.”

Thomas Weber, Daimler’s head of development, delivers a status update on the fuel cell Mercedes. Based on the GLC, the FCV is scheduled to launch by 2017.

Elon-Musk-Twitter“It’s pretty hard to hide something if you hire over a thousand engineers to do it.”

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has no doubt that Apple is working on an electric car, calling it an “open secret.”

Carlos-Ghosn“That’s expected, that everyone is going to come out with a better version, better range, better batteries. I’m not surprised. I think it is good that we keep enhancing the technology so that electric vehicles become a bigger segment.”

Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn comments on the just launched Chevy Bolt, which is a serious contender to the Nissan Leaf after all.


Dec 21, 2015 - 09:39 am

Set back.

We have shown you videos before of people driving an electric car for the first time. And generally, they have a lot of fun doing it. Tibor Blomhäll of Tesla Club Sweden looked at what it would be like for the EV generation to drive a car with a combustion engine. This is the film version of his story – which does not have a happy ending. At least not for the car dealer.
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Sep 21, 2015 - 07:54 am

Thomas Weber, Andy Palmer, Ian Robertson.

thomas-weber“I confirm that we will make a fully electric car with a range between of 250 to over 300 miles.”

Daimler’s head of development Thomas Weber promised a cool and emotional all-electric car that will most likely be the Mercedes-Benz’ answer to the Audi Q6 and the Tesla Model X crossover SUVs.

Andy-Palmer-Nissan“We will make the decision at the back end of this year, October or November. We will say yes, the only question is where we will make it. And that’s depending on our ability on grants and logistic costs. It’s about finding the best economic solution to the project, but we will definitely do it.”

Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer is talking about the DBX electric crossover and keeping up hope that the car will arrive in 2019. The electric architecture will probably come from Daimler.

ian-robertson“The ‘i’ unit will continue to develop.”

BMW sales chief Ian Robertson says the company is considering different options for its electric sub-brand. It currently focuses on electrifying other non-i models such as the X5 SUV or the 3-series, which are being launched as plug-in hybrids.

Sep 11, 2015 - 08:11 am

Stefan Sommer, Thomas Weber.

stefan-sommer-zf“It will probably still take more than two decades before electromobility achieves a dominating market share.”

ZF CEO Stefan Sommer underlines the importance of electrification at the occassion of the company’s centenary, but also warns that the electric revolution will take time and some more hybridisation.

thomas-weber“We stay committed to fuel cells. Nobody knows if today’s type of battery EV will pay off in the end—the cars are OK but not the infrastructure.”

Thomas Weber, Daimler’s head of development, makes us wonder what he knows about hydrogen infrastructure that we don’t. In any case, Daimler is spending about 50 percent of its R&D budget on cutting CO2 emission, regardless which technology does the job.

Aug 3, 2015 - 08:21 am

Thomas Weber, Andy Marsh.

thomas-weber“We have to be prepared that, by 2020, it could be necessary to introduce an AMG hybrid.”

Mercedes-Benz R&D boss Thomas Weber says that even the performance range is feeling the political pressure to reduce CO2 emissions. While he recognises it to be a “huge task,” he also sees it as a “huge opportunity” for AMG.

Andy-Marsh“An expansion outside of the US and into the European market will further enhance our business. We are currently in the process of establishing a sales team in Europe.”

Plug Power CEO Andy Marsh is reaching across the pond to bring fuel cell expertise to Europe. He did not mention, however, when that will be exactly.

Mar 27, 2015 - 09:45 am

Justin Fishkin, Thomas Weber.

Justin-Fishkin“Imagine walking into one of our stores, walking up to a screen, choosing one of 9 bodies, choosing one of 4 powertrains, like electric, natural gas, diesel, etc, choosing your tires and wheels, your color and pressing ‘Go’ — and having those sorts of ranges of choices, that’s what we are driving for.”

Justin Fishkin, Chief Strategy Officer for Local Motors, is painting a rather vivid picture of the future of 3D car-printing. Concept Copy Shop 3.0, we’d say.

thomas-weber“To reduce CO2 emissions further and faster, electrification has to increase. 2020 we will need to realise six-digit sales numbers in that segment.”

Daimler’s head of development, Thomas Weber, seems to be shifting up a gear on plug-ins or say he is urging buyers to do so.
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Jan 13, 2015 - 09:40 am

Ian Robertson, Thomas Weber, Jeong She-woong.

ian-robertson“Plug-in hybrid technology is so flexible that it can be integrated in a wide variety of vehicles, so there is clearly more to come.”

Ian Robertson, head of sales at BMW, expects more PHEVs to come and also believes that improvements in battery technology and electric motors will lead to falling prices for EVs over the next few years.

thomas-weber“I am convinced that this is the only way we will be able to get more customers to switch to electric cars over the short and medium term.”

To get there, Daimler’s chief developer Thomas Weber bets on plug-in hybrids. Ten new models are to be released by 2017, that is “one every four months,” he promised.

anonym“We vow to strengthen cooperation with carmakers, not only in the American market, but also in other parts of the world. For this, we prepared various battery and car products for automobiles for this exhibition to meet the needs of the market.”

Samsung SDI’s Automotive and Energy Storage System Business VP Jeong She-woong has reinforced the Korean company’s global outreach at the NAIAS. Alongside EV battery types, Samsung also showcases light-weight materials at the fair.

Nov 7, 2014 - 09:26 am

Tesla Motors, Thomas Weber.

Tesla“Model X powertrain development is almost complete with the early introduction of Dual Motor drive on Model S. We recently decided to build in significantly more validation testing time to achieve the best Model X possible. This will also allow for a more rapid production ramp compared to Model S in 2012.”

In a letter to shareholders, Tesla broke the news that the arrival of the Model X has been pushed back again to Q3 2015.
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thomas-weber“We will present 12 completely new vehicles until 2020 for which there is no predecessor in our current portfolio.”

Thomas Weber, head of development at Daimler, announced at the opening of a new testing site in Beijing. How many of the twelve models will be electrified remains to be seen.
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Oct 17, 2014 - 08:32 am

Thomas Weber, Elon Musk, Uli Kösters.

thomas-weber“Lithium sulphur will be the next step after lithium ion, followed perhaps by lithium air. Lithium sulphur is comparable to lithium ion but lithium air will be a completely different world.”

A world that could become a reality by 2020, Mercedes’ head of development Thomas Weber believes. Cars like the B-Class ED could by then easily go 250 miles on one charge, Weber adds.

Elon-Musk-Twitter“We have had a number of inquiries from other car companies and we’ve told them to go ahead and use them. I’m glad they are getting serious about electric cars. And they should.”

Said Tesla CEO Elon Musk when asked about what happened after he made most of his company’s patents available. While Musk did not go into further detail, it is known that BMW as well as Nissan approached the company.

anonym“I believe the plug-in take-up in Europe is not quite as ready as some people would like to think, but it is clearly a technology that can do a lot better at significantly reducing fuel consumption and that is why we are actively looking at it.”

Uli Kösters, Ford’s vehicle line director for large cars in Europe, says the manufacturer considers bringing its plug-in hybrids to the continent. At the moment, plug-in hybrid variants of the Fusion and C-Max are only being sold in the States.

Sep 16, 2014 - 08:34 am

Rupert Stadler, Thomas Weber.

rupert-stadler“The time has not yet come for a purely electric car. Without sufficient infrastructure, plug-in hybrids like our A3 e-tron are currently the best solution.”

Audi CEO Rupert Stadler once more sells the plug-in hybrid as the best EV concept under current conditions. Nonetheless, he added that Audi would be able to issue a fully electric car at any time.
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thomas-weber“Without a breakthrough of the plug-in hybrid, the targets will be impossible to meet. We are therefore working hard to establish the technology as soon as possible.”

Thomas Weber, head of development at Daimler, also is a fan of hybrids and is here hinting at the EU’s CO2 emission limits. For him, these can only be met with partial electrification as down sizing is not really an option for Mercedes.
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Jul 11, 2014 - 08:18 am

Thomas Weber.

thomas-weber“Today, the challenges and complexities faced by F1 are quite similar to those faced by us in designing and developing advanced road cars like the S500 plug-in hybrid: to translate efficiency into superior performance.”

Daimler board member Thomas Weber is describing the technology transfer from Mercedes AMG Petronas to the company’s serial models.

Found on electrive.com
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