Tag: Tony Whitehorn

Mar 23, 2017 - 10:33 pm

Harald Krüger, Tony Whitehorn.

Harald-Krueger“We expect clarity in the next weeks rather than months.”

BMW CEO Harald Krüger expects China to clarify its EV policy shortly and added, BMW “will react accordingly.” Beijing has been discussing a quota of 8 percent of new energy vehicles but has been met with resistance and high-level lobbying efforts.

Tony-Whitehorn“Ioniq is a door-opener for us.”

Rejoices Hyundai Motor UK president and CEO Tony Whitehorn. Sales of the Ioniq have exceeded expectations, especially the hybrid variant sells.

Dec 17, 2015 - 09:34 am

Elon Musk, Corlos Ghosn, Tony Whitehorn.

Elon-Musk-Twitter“I think people are gonna remember ‘ludicrous speed’ more than they’re gonna remember that it’s, like, 2.8 seconds zero to sixty. And our competitors, they usually don’t have a sense of humor, so I think that’s a differentiator.”

Tesla CEO Elon Musk positions humour as a unique selling point for his electric cars. That might very well be, together with a very strong sense of personal public relations on all (social) media channels maybe.

Carlos-Ghosn“The time for debate has passed. If the world is to reduce manmade greenhouse gas emissions that are the cause of global climate change, we must accelerate the transition to a low carbon economy now, starting with cleaner transportation.”

Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn uses the Paris summit on climate change to make his point that the time for electric cars is now and not in some faraway future. Humankind only has to choose if we want the transition to be “orderly” or driven by crisis, he adds.

Tony-Whitehorn“Next year we are looking at hybrid and EV technology coming out, and that will just escalate.”

Head of Hyundai UK, Tony Whitehorn, believes that the Ioniq will just be the beginning for more electrified models in the Korean brand’s vehicle line-up.

Nov 30, 2015 - 09:17 am

Tony Whitehorn, Scott Keogh, JB Straubel.

Tony-Whitehorn“I see electric vehicles, hybrids and plug-in hybrids as a way of bridging the gap between the internal combustion engine and pure fuel cell technology.”

Tony Whitehorn, president and CEO of Hyundai UK, believes the automobile market will change completely over the next five years. Whether the EV “bridge” will have to hold that or a little longer remains to be seen. Whitehorn says projections show that by 2030, some 300,000 FCVs will be sold in the UK annually.

Scott-Keogh“I think we have to give Tesla credit where it’s deserved.”

Audi of America president Scott Keogh is open to a different sales concept for electric vehicles. While there was no confirmation that Audi will open up EV stores, he acknowledges that Tesla’s methods seem to work, while traditional dealerships have trouble selling electric cars.

Jeffrey-B-Straubel“The pace of innovation does seem to be accelerating. We’re kind of right at the tipping point where the current performance and lifetime of batteries roughly equal that of fossil fuels. If you are able to double that, the prospects are huge.”

Tesla CTO JB Straubel explains how Tesla is not only helping climate change by pushing electric cars, but also battery development by offering energy storage solutions for homes, which enable owners to store renewable energy and use it when needed.



Jul 17, 2015 - 08:17 am

Tony Whitehorn, Jim Taylor.

Tony-Whitehorn“If you just restrict hybrid technology to one vehicle, you’ll never get the revenue. You have to put it in other cars.”

Hyundai UK boss Tony Whitehorn comments on the company’s first dedicated hybrid, which sits on a platform developed by sister brand Kia for its own hybrid, called DE. Both companies are following Toyota’s (early) example.

Jim-Taylor“We want to be out next year. Midyear is our target. That’s what we’ve told the plants and our suppliers, but we won’t make any promises to say this is our launch date, get ready.”

Jim Taylor, chief marketing officer Fisker Automotive, discusses the Karma’s relaunch. It seems there are plans but no promises. Ready when you are.

Found on electrive.com
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